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Apple Unveils iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Announces iOS 8 Availability

iphone 6 650At an event today in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, with the company calling the devices “the biggest advancements in iPhone history.” The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, respectively, and feature advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, the Apple-designed A8 chip, improved wireless technologies, increased battery life, and Apple Pay, a new way to use one’s phone for making payments in-stores and online.

The devices will be available in gold, silver or space gray, and will launch in the US on September 19. The iPhone 6 will be available in three models: 16GB for $ 199, 64GB for $ 299 and 128GB for $ 399. The iPhone 6 Plus offers the same storage configurations, but at higher price points: 16GB for $ 299, 64GB for $ 399 and 128GB for $ 499 (all prices are on a two-year contract). Pre-orders for both models will be available starting September 12.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will include iOS 8, Apple’s upcoming mobile operating system, which will launch for existing iPhone users on September 17. With iOS 8, users can expect a variety of new features, including Apple’s QuickType keyboard, new features in the Messages and Photos apps, an entirely new Health app and much more.

To start, QuickType features predictive typing, and becomes more personalized over time. The keyboard takes context into account, including the recipient of the message and which app is being used while typing. In doing so, the keyboard may suggest favorite phrases, for one, with this information being kept private and encrypted on the device, never being sent to the cloud. The system supports third-party keyboards for additional layouts and input methods.

Elsewhere, the Photos app allows users to automatically straighten horizons, and smart editing tools offer controls for adjusting light and color with a swipe. Users can change individual image characteristics as well, with tools for exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and more. “Developers can tap into the same robust framework as the built-in Photos app using PhotoKit, and with extensibility APIs, can make their own filters and editing tools available to users within the Photos app,” Apple said in a statement.ios 8 650As for Messages, users can use “Tap to Talk” to share their voice. Users can send multiple photos and videos to their contacts at once, while group messaging will give users the ability to add or remove contacts from a group, along with new options for leaving a conversation entirely or toggling an option to not be disturbed. Finally, users can choose to share their current location within the Messages app, for periods lasting an hour, a day, or longer.

iOS 8’s new Health app gathers a user’s information from multiple health and fitness apps to provide a one-stop-shop for monitoring one’s current health in a single place. HealthKit APIs will give developers the option of making health and fitness apps communicate with one another. With the user’s permission, each app can pick and choose information from other apps to form a more comprehensive view of a user’s personal fitness. For instance, healthcare professionals can view the data patients choose to share through apps like Mayo Clinic.

Other iOS 8 features include family sharing, for sharing photos and calendars with others in a family group, for locating family members and their devices, and the ability to share “eligible” iTunes, iBooks or App Store purchases across each other’s accounts. iCloud Drive allows users to store and easily access any of their documents in the cloud, with any changes synced across devices. HomeKit connects to a user’s home accessories like lights and thermostats, interactive notifications will allow users to respond to notifications and prompts directly from their lock screen, and so on.apple Pay 650 2Finally, Apple Pay looks to revolutionize the way we make purchases online and in traditional retail stores. Available on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the secure platform turns an iPhone into a payment device, as users enter their credit and debit card information, and a unique Device Account Number is assigned and stored to the Secure Element within the iPhone or Apple Watch. When making a purchase in a real-world store, the phone’s NFC antenna, combined with the security of the Touch ID pad on the device, trigger the sale with Apple Pay creating a security code to validate each transaction securely. When making a purchase online, the process is similar, and revolves around the user’s Touch ID.

Apple’s retail locations will support such payments, alongside other major retailers, including Bloomingdale’s, Disney Store (and Walt Disney World Resort), Macy’s, McDonald’s, Sephora, Subway, Staples and many others.

iOS 8 will be available as a free software update, while new iCloud pricing will start at $ 0.99 per month for 20GB of storage. Plans increase from there, to a maximum of $ 19.99 per month for 1TB of storage.

(All images courtesy of Apple)


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NFC World Congress unveils its preliminary conference programme

Already 60 speakers scheduled in 15 thematic sessions over 3 days

.All the mobile proximity technologies are covered: – NFC, QR Code, BLE/Beacons, HCE/Cloud-based models, LBS, & Hotknot

Press release

June 6th2014. NFC World Congress is proud to announce its preliminary programme. It’s entitled ‘From Retail or Smart Cities to m-wallet and wearables’ – the wholesale changes happening in the way we shop, spend money, travel, play, and connect will be addressed. In its 4th edition, the NFC World Congress covers all the new ways consumers interact with the digital world. The ‘mobile proximity’ as recalled by its tagline. Indeed mobile proximity services have just begun to change behaviour and to challenge all their stakeholders.

Mobile network operators, banks, service providers and other verticals have to renew their business models around the smartphones and other smart connected devices.

Like in the m-payment arena, 2014 sees new moves, innovative models and technologies that are part of the conference agenda.

First hot 2014 themes: –

  • m-payment & retail – These two key drivers of growth will be thoroughly addressed along dedicated sessions, debates and keynotes on consumers and merchants’ adoption, ecosystems,  new business models, retail case studies, security issues
  • HCE & beacons – Hype or hope? September will be timely to take stock of the impact of these technologies on ecosystems and business. Main banks, MNOs, payment services providers and retailers will share and debate their positions
  • Beyond m-wallets – The broad range of proximity technologies provide huge business opportunities. Transport, ticketing, marketing, access, consumer electronics and many more verticals have dedicated sessions
  • Towards the Internet of Things (IoT) – A full ‘Connected Life Day will cover the innovations and business opportunities at the forefront of proximity and connected solutions.

The preliminary version of the conference programme will be enriched continuously in the coming weeks.  The updated version can be found online here.

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Apple unveils iOS 8 – the biggest release since the launch of the App Store

Introduces iCloud photo library, new Messages features & new health app

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June 2nd 2014. Apple has unveiled iOS 8, the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, giving users incredible new features and developers the tools to create amazing new apps. iOS 8 delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience, including iCloud Photo Library, allowing you to enjoy your photos and videos more easily across your devices; new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos with just a swipe; and an entirely new Health app that gives you a clear overview of your health and fitness data all in one place. iOS 8 also includes predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard; Family Sharing, the easiest way to share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household; and iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere.

“iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s svp of software engineering.

He continued, “We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your health and your home from your devices an integrated, simple and secure experience.”

In iOS 8, the Photos app and iCloud Photo Library give users access to all of their photos and videos anytime, anywhere.

Your photos are easy to find and are organized consistently across your enabled devices. The Photos app can automatically straighten horizons and with smart editing tools, you can quickly adjust light and colour or access individual tools for deeper fine-tuning.

With iCloud Photo Library, every adjustment and effect is automatically updated across your devices.

Conversations in Messages become more immersive with the ability to communicate with just a swipe.

Tap to Talk allows you to share your voice and the same simple gesture also works for sharing videos and photos within Messages.

Group messaging now gives you the ability to add and remove contacts, leave a conversation and the option to not be disturbed.

Users can easily browse through all of the photos and videos within a conversation and share multiple photos and videos at once.

You can choose to share your current location from within Messages for an hour, a day or longer.

The new Health app gathers the information you choose from your various health apps and fitness devices, and provides you with a clear and current overview in one place.

iOS 8 offers developers the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other. With your permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness.

For example, the Nike+ apps using NikeFuel will be able to pull in other key HealthKit metrics such as sleep and nutrition to build a custom user profile and improve athletic performance.

New predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard is smarter and more personalised, and intelligently takes context into account, such as who the recipient is and in which app you’re typing.

QuickType understands the way you communicate, suggesting favorite phrases, so you can write entire sentences with just a few taps.

What the keyboard learns is encrypted on your device and never sent to the cloud.

iOS 8 introduces Family Sharing, making it easier than ever to communicate and share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household.

Family members can browse and download each other’s iTunes, iBooks or App Store purchases. Up to six members can participate, each with their own Apple ID.

Parents can create Apple IDs for children, which includes Ask to Buy, requiring parental permission for purchases.

Family Sharing automatically keeps everyone connected by creating a shared family photo stream, shared calendar and provides an option for locating family members and their devices.

With iCloud Drive, documents of any type can be safely stored, accessed and edited across your devices.

Make edits on one device and the most up-to-date version of your documents will be available across all devices, whether an iOS device, Mac, Windows PC or on www.icloud.com.

iCloud Drive brings a whole new level of collaboration between apps, providing seamless access and the ability to work on the same file across multiple apps.

For enterprise users, iOS 8 builds on the new IT model for a mobilized workforce by improving the way users are informed of how their devices are configured, managed or restricted.

iOS 8 offers expanded security and management improvements as well as new productivity features, including an expanded level of data protection for key built-in apps, the ability to set your out of office response, see your colleague’s availability when scheduling a meeting and support for configurable Thread Notifications in Mail.

Additional iOS 8 features include: –

  • Design enhancements that build off the stunning interface of iOS 7, bringing interactive notifications, quick access to key contacts, the ability to quickly switch back and forth between the inbox and drafts in Mail, as well as intelligent suggestions
  • Extended Spotlight capabilities that give you results beyond what’s on your device, including articles from Wikipedia, findings from the news and results from places nearby
  • Greater continuity between iPhone, iPad and Mac, including Handoff to start an activity on one device and finish on another, along with Instant Hotspot and the ability to make and receive calls and send SMS and MMS messages from your Mac or iPad.

The iOS 8 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at http://developer.apple.com.

iOS 8 will be available this Fall [2014] as a free software update for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display.

iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Drive use your iCloud storage with the first 5GB free.

Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.


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T-Mobile unveils ‘Underground’ portal with limited-stock devices for true enthusiasts

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Are you the type of smartphone enthusiast that likes to hunt down rare and unique models? Maybe you were one of the first people on the block to have a white smartphone – back when that was tough to come by. T-Mobile knows there are plenty of folks like you so that’s why they unveiled their new “Underground” storefront.

According to the Un-Carrier, T-Mobile Underground is a website for “true enthusiasts” looking for “limited-stock devices and accessories”. While it appears to only offer the limited-edition Samsung Galaxy S5 Gold and some Samsung accessories, T-Mobile does promise plus “news and reviews from the tech literati” for the Underground.

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Apple unveils iOS 8, its biggest release since the launch of the App Store

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Apple today unveiled its iOS 8 operating system, which includes new features for users, and new tools for developers to create better user experiences. In addition to new Messages features and and a focus on a more intuitive user experience, Apple has unveiled the iCloud Photo Library, Family Sharing, Apple’s QuickType keyboard, iCloud Drive, a new Health app, and more.

To start, the iCloud Photo Library allows users to access all of their photos anytime and anywhere. Photos are organized and accessible across enabled devices, with the photos app offering improved editing tools for creating the perfect shot. For one, the Photos app can straighten horizons in tilted photos, while users can fine tune the light and color of their photos with new options. Using iCloud, these adjustments are automatically updated to all of a user’s devices.

The iOS Messages app will receive some hefty improvements, including the ability to share voice clips, remove or add contacts from group messages, leave conversations, toggle an option to not be disturbed, share multiple photos and videos at once, and share a user’s current location from within the app for an hour, a day or longer.

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The new Health app provides a one-stop-shop for health information, gathering information from a user’s favorite health apps and fitness devices. iOS 8 supports the ability for these apps to communicate with each other, and with user permission, information from one app can be shared with another to provide a complete view of a user’s current health and fitness.

Elsewhere, users can take advantage of Apple’s QuickType keyboard, which offers smart recommendations based on a message’s context. That is, QuickType recognizes the recipient of, and the context of the message, and offers suggestions for popular phrases, which can be selected and sent without the need to type individual words. The keyboard learns over time, with this “intelligence” remaining encrypted on a device and never sent to the cloud.

Finally, Family Sharing will make it easier for groups to communicate and share purchases. Up to six members can participate in a single family unit, using the same credit card. These users can browse and download content from each other’s iTunes, iBooks and App Store libraries. In addition, parents can toggle the “Ask to Buy” option for children, so parental permission is required for those users before any purchase can be completed. Plus, Family Sharing offers all users a shared family photo stream, calendar and the ability to locate others and their devices.

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“iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your health and your home from your devices an integrated, simple and secure experience.”

iOS 8 is now available in beta for members of the iOS Developer Program. It will launch as a free software update for everyone this fall, and supports iPhone 4S+, iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2+, iPad Air and iPad Mini. More information on the platform is available on Apple’s website.


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Apple unveils iOS 8, its biggest release since the launch of the App Store

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Apple today unveiled its iOS 8 operating system, which includes new features for users, and new tools for developers to create better user experiences. In addition to new Messages features and and a focus on a more intuitive user experience, Apple has unveiled the iCloud Photo Library, Family Sharing, Apple’s QuickType keyboard, iCloud Drive, a new Health app, and more.

To start, the iCloud Photo Library allows users to access all of their photos anytime and anywhere. Photos are organized and accessible across enabled devices, with the photos app offering improved editing tools for creating the perfect shot. For one, the Photos app can straighten horizons in tilted photos, while users can fine tune the light and color of their photos with new options. Using iCloud, these adjustments are automatically updated to all of a user’s devices.

The iOS Messages app will receive some hefty improvements, including the ability to share voice clips, remove or add contacts from group messages, leave conversations, toggle an option to not be disturbed, share multiple photos and videos at once, and share a user’s current location from within the app for an hour, a day or longer.

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The new Health app provides a one-stop-shop for health information, gathering information from a user’s favorite health apps and fitness devices. iOS 8 supports the ability for these apps to communicate with each other, and with user permission, information from one app can be shared with another to provide a complete view of a user’s current health and fitness.

Elsewhere, users can take advantage of Apple’s QuickType keyboard, which offers smart recommendations based on a message’s context. That is, QuickType recognizes the recipient of, and the context of the message, and offers suggestions for popular phrases, which can be selected and sent without the need to type individual words. The keyboard learns over time, with this “intelligence” remaining encrypted on a device and never sent to the cloud.

Finally, Family Sharing will make it easier for groups to communicate and share purchases. Up to six members can participate in a single family unit, using the same credit card. These users can browse and download content from each other’s iTunes, iBooks and App Store libraries. In addition, parents can toggle the “Ask to Buy” option for children, so parental permission is required for those users before any purchase can be completed. Plus, Family Sharing offers all users a shared family photo stream, calendar and the ability to locate others and their devices.

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“iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your health and your home from your devices an integrated, simple and secure experience.”

iOS 8 is now available in beta for members of the iOS Developer Program. It will launch as a free software update for everyone this fall, and supports iPhone 4S+, iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2+, iPad Air and iPad Mini. More information on the platform is available on Apple’s website.


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Apple unveils iOS 8, its biggest release since the launch of the App Store

apple-ios-8-650

Apple today unveiled its iOS 8 operating system, which includes new features for users, and new tools for developers to create better user experiences. In addition to new Messages features and and a focus on a more intuitive user experience, Apple has unveiled the iCloud Photo Library, Family Sharing, Apple’s QuickType keyboard, iCloud Drive, a new Health app, and more.

To start, the iCloud Photo Library allows users to access all of their photos anytime and anywhere. Photos are organized and accessible across enabled devices, with the photos app offering improved editing tools for creating the perfect shot. For one, the Photos app can straighten horizons in tilted photos, while users can fine tune the light and color of their photos with new options. Using iCloud, these adjustments are automatically updated to all of a user’s devices.

The iOS Messages app will receive some hefty improvements, including the ability to share voice clips, remove or add contacts from group messages, leave conversations, toggle an option to not be disturbed, share multiple photos and videos at once, and share a user’s current location from within the app for an hour, a day or longer.

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The new Health app provides a one-stop-shop for health information, gathering information from a user’s favorite health apps and fitness devices. iOS 8 supports the ability for these apps to communicate with each other, and with user permission, information from one app can be shared with another to provide a complete view of a user’s current health and fitness.

Elsewhere, users can take advantage of Apple’s QuickType keyboard, which offers smart recommendations based on a message’s context. That is, QuickType recognizes the recipient of, and the context of the message, and offers suggestions for popular phrases, which can be selected and sent without the need to type individual words. The keyboard learns over time, with this “intelligence” remaining encrypted on a device and never sent to the cloud.

Finally, Family Sharing will make it easier for groups to communicate and share purchases. Up to six members can participate in a single family unit, using the same credit card. These users can browse and download content from each other’s iTunes, iBooks and App Store libraries. In addition, parents can toggle the “Ask to Buy” option for children, so parental permission is required for those users before any purchase can be completed. Plus, Family Sharing offers all users a shared family photo stream, calendar and the ability to locate others and their devices.

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“iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your health and your home from your devices an integrated, simple and secure experience.”

iOS 8 is now available in beta for members of the iOS Developer Program. It will launch as a free software update for everyone this fall, and supports iPhone 4S+, iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2+, iPad Air and iPad Mini. More information on the platform is available on Apple’s website.


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Apple unveils iOS 8, its biggest release since the launch of the App Store

apple-ios-8-650

Apple today unveiled its iOS 8 operating system, which includes new features for users, and new tools for developers to create better user experiences. In addition to new Messages features and and a focus on a more intuitive user experience, Apple has unveiled the iCloud Photo Library, Family Sharing, Apple’s QuickType keyboard, iCloud Drive, a new Health app, and more.

To start, the iCloud Photo Library allows users to access all of their photos anytime and anywhere. Photos are organized and accessible across enabled devices, with the photos app offering improved editing tools for creating the perfect shot. For one, the Photos app can straighten horizons in tilted photos, while users can fine tune the light and color of their photos with new options. Using iCloud, these adjustments are automatically updated to all of a user’s devices.

The iOS Messages app will receive some hefty improvements, including the ability to share voice clips, remove or add contacts from group messages, leave conversations, toggle an option to not be disturbed, share multiple photos and videos at once, and share a user’s current location from within the app for an hour, a day or longer.

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The new Health app provides a one-stop-shop for health information, gathering information from a user’s favorite health apps and fitness devices. iOS 8 supports the ability for these apps to communicate with each other, and with user permission, information from one app can be shared with another to provide a complete view of a user’s current health and fitness.

Elsewhere, users can take advantage of Apple’s QuickType keyboard, which offers smart recommendations based on a message’s context. That is, QuickType recognizes the recipient of, and the context of the message, and offers suggestions for popular phrases, which can be selected and sent without the need to type individual words. The keyboard learns over time, with this “intelligence” remaining encrypted on a device and never sent to the cloud.

Finally, Family Sharing will make it easier for groups to communicate and share purchases. Up to six members can participate in a single family unit, using the same credit card. These users can browse and download content from each other’s iTunes, iBooks and App Store libraries. In addition, parents can toggle the “Ask to Buy” option for children, so parental permission is required for those users before any purchase can be completed. Plus, Family Sharing offers all users a shared family photo stream, calendar and the ability to locate others and their devices.

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“iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your health and your home from your devices an integrated, simple and secure experience.”

iOS 8 is now available in beta for members of the iOS Developer Program. It will launch as a free software update for everyone this fall, and supports iPhone 4S+, iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2+, iPad Air and iPad Mini. More information on the platform is available on Apple’s website.


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Apple unveils iOS 8, its biggest release since the launch of the App Store

apple-ios-8-650

Apple today unveiled its iOS 8 operating system, which includes new features for users, and new tools for developers to create better user experiences. In addition to new Messages features and and a focus on a more intuitive user experience, Apple has unveiled the iCloud Photo Library, Family Sharing, Apple’s QuickType keyboard, iCloud Drive, a new Health app, and more.

To start, the iCloud Photo Library allows users to access all of their photos anytime and anywhere. Photos are organized and accessible across enabled devices, with the photos app offering improved editing tools for creating the perfect shot. For one, the Photos app can straighten horizons in tilted photos, while users can fine tune the light and color of their photos with new options. Using iCloud, these adjustments are automatically updated to all of a user’s devices.

The iOS Messages app will receive some hefty improvements, including the ability to share voice clips, remove or add contacts from group messages, leave conversations, toggle an option to not be disturbed, share multiple photos and videos at once, and share a user’s current location from within the app for an hour, a day or longer.

apple-ios-8-650-2

The new Health app provides a one-stop-shop for health information, gathering information from a user’s favorite health apps and fitness devices. iOS 8 supports the ability for these apps to communicate with each other, and with user permission, information from one app can be shared with another to provide a complete view of a user’s current health and fitness.

Elsewhere, users can take advantage of Apple’s QuickType keyboard, which offers smart recommendations based on a message’s context. That is, QuickType recognizes the recipient of, and the context of the message, and offers suggestions for popular phrases, which can be selected and sent without the need to type individual words. The keyboard learns over time, with this “intelligence” remaining encrypted on a device and never sent to the cloud.

Finally, Family Sharing will make it easier for groups to communicate and share purchases. Up to six members can participate in a single family unit, using the same credit card. These users can browse and download content from each other’s iTunes, iBooks and App Store libraries. In addition, parents can toggle the “Ask to Buy” option for children, so parental permission is required for those users before any purchase can be completed. Plus, Family Sharing offers all users a shared family photo stream, calendar and the ability to locate others and their devices.

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“iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your health and your home from your devices an integrated, simple and secure experience.”

iOS 8 is now available in beta for members of the iOS Developer Program. It will launch as a free software update for everyone this fall, and supports iPhone 4S+, iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad 2+, iPad Air and iPad Mini. More information on the platform is available on Apple’s website.


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Huawei unveils MediaPad X1, the lightest 7-inch tablet in the market

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If you are a mobile industry enthusiast such as me then you’ve got to love MWC. Three days of pure mobile madness. The Chinese manufacturer announced four products during its press event; the MediaPad X1 and M1 tablets, 4G powered Ascend G6 and TalkBand B1 accessory.

The device that draws us in first is the MediaPad X1; the lightest and narrowest amid the 7-inch form factor. Well, at 239g of weight, and 103.9mm width the statement seems legit. In addition, the tablet features 7.18 mm thin bezels. Woah.

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As far as connectivity goes, beside WiFi and Bluetooth the MediaPad comes with LTE compatibilty and is capable of conducting calls; so it’s a phone at the same time. Specs wise, the tablet houses Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 910 chip, with four cores each clocked at 1.6GHz. The processor comes along with Mali-450 GPU and 2 GBs of memory.

To run the juice Huawei included a 5,000 mAh brick that can keep the device alive for 21 days on stand-by and 5 days of continious usage. The X1 provides the user with a 13MPix primary sensor on the back accompanied by a LED flash and 5MPix front-facing camera for high quality selfies.

Huawei’s new tablet sports a 7-inch IPS display of 1200×1920 pixels resolution with a pixel density of 332 ppi. The screen-to-body ration is 80%, hence the bezels are phenomenally thin.

The right compartment on the back houses the SIM and microSD card slot. The internal storage of the tablet is 16GB.

Huawei will be shipping the device with Android 4.3 Jellybean with  Emotion UI 2.0 on top, though there is still chance of hitting the shelves with 4.4 KitKat on board. Price wise, the X1 will set you back 399 euros, approximately US$ 480.

What do you guys think of Huawei’s newest entry to the 7-inch market? Sound off in the comments below.

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