Pleco – A must have for anybody travelling to China

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It’s been a while since my last blog post on this site, but I am finally back! Let’s get right into it then, shall we?!

I’m currently in Shanghai and have, early on, come to the realization that the majority of people here speak Chinese. I mean… what did I expect? Although, prior to arriving in Shanghai, I did think that there would be more English speakers. Anyways, what has really helped me in communicating and conversing with the locals has been Pleco! It’s an application for both iOS and Android and is regarded as one of the world’s best English-Chinese dictionaries. The one feature I really like about Pleco is the fact that I am able to use it even without a wifi or data connection. Everything is stored right in the app! This makes Pleco so handy as I don’t necessarily need to waste my 4G data on it – however cheap it might be!

Click here if you want to download the the free basic version of Pleco for iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad. You’re always able to add on more advanced features or dictionaries from inside of the app; however, the basic version of Pleco is a great starting point that will point you in the right direction. Wouldn’t it be great if you could point your camera at a few chinese characters and have an app, like Pleco, translate those characters into something that you might actually understand?! Pleco actually does this – it’s called OCR. The way it works is that you point your iPhone’s camera at some Chinese characters to instantly look up their meanings. You don’t even have to take a picture, the OCR scanner is built right into the application itself and once the camera recognizes the Chinese word, it will automatically start translating. I do believe this feature is an in-app purchase – and rightly so – but it may be worth it for somebody who’s staying in China for a longer period of time and would like to have a basic understanding of common words in their everyday life.

If you want to learn more about Pleco, click here to visit their website which will tell you everything you need to know about how to use the app and what is has to offer. Furthermore, I belive it also discusses the various prices of in-app purchases.

Facebook Wants To Cut Clutter

The website that has now more than 1 billion users is, once again, revamping their design. The new design or “template” is designed to cut useless clutter from Facebook’s “News Feed” and in return keep users happy as Facebook receives most of their income from users clicking on advertisements.

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Facebook announced the changes during a media event at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California. They also mentioned that the web version would start to roll out on Thursday, continuing over the next couple of weeks if not months. Facebook also announced that they are in the middle of updating their iOS and Android application and that we would begin to see the revamped versions in the coming weeks.

The news feed is sometimes the only page you will see when logging into Facebook and for that reason, we think, Zuckerberg wanted to revamp Facebook’s most-visited page as soon as possible.

“I think that there’s this important and social place in this world for this customized newspaper,” Zuckerberg said.

FIFA 13 for iOS Screenshots

There hasn’t been a whole lot of news regarding FIFA lately, however, this will be better than nothing. EA Sports has released a few of the FIFA 13 screen-shots for iOS. It looks as like the graphics were improved slightly when compared to FIFA 12. It also looks as like that FIFA 13 will have its own skills stick. I’m guessing ‘skilling’ will be a lot easier and simpler to control in FIFA 13.

There isn’t a whole lot more to say as this news is so vague, but I’ll leave you with some screens from both FIFA 12 & FIFA 13 to compare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Billionth Download from Apple’s iOS App Store was ‘Where’s My Water?’

A user from Qingdao, China, downloaded the free application “Where’s My Water?” as the 25 billionth download from the App Store, Apple announced on Monday. User Chunli Fu was the winner of Apple’s contest, earning them a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. “Where’s My Water” is a mobile game available on the App Store and published by Disney available both as a free “lite” version and a full paid copy for 99 cents.

“We’d like to thank our customers and developers for helping us achieve this historic milestone of 25 billion apps downloaded,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said a press released. “When we launched the App Store less than four years ago, we never imagined that mobile apps would become the phenomenon they have, or that developers would create such an incredible selection of apps for iOS users.”

There are currently more than 550,000 applications available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in 123 countries around the world. MOre than 170,000 of those applications are available natively for the iPad.

Applications on the App Store are available in 21 different categories ranging from games to sports to business or health and fitness. More than $4 billion has been paid out to developers who sell software on the App Store.

App Store 25 billion downloads

The App  Store reached the 25 billion download milestone on Saturday, though Apple didn’t announce the winner of the $10,000 gift card until Monday. Over the weekend, the page counting down to the number was updated to say: “A billion thanks. 25 times over. The App Store has reached 25 billion download. Thanks for getting us there.”

iOS 5 Tech Talk World Tour 2011 Coming To 9 Cities Worldwide

Apple has confirmed that it will be doing a Tech Talk World Tour based around iOS tips & tutorials. Apple has launched its own page for the Tech Talk World Tour 2011 where developers can sign up for the limited-space events; however, Apple has said that they will be giving priority to the developers who already have an application available on the iOS App Store. All iOS developer program members are eligible to attend. The tour will kick off on November 2. 2011 in Berlin. Apple is planning on visiting 9 different cities around the World. Apple’s tour will span across 3 continents: Europe, Asia, & the Americas.

“We’re taking iOS 5 on a world tour and we want you to come along for the ride,” the site reads. “Learn from experts as you take your apps to the next level with exciting new technologies in iOS. Space is limited, so register today.”

Here’s the full list of cities:

  • Berlin, Germany – November 2, Maritim ProArte Hotel Berlin
  • London, United Kingdom – November 7, Kings Place
  • Rome, Italy – November 9, Rome Marriott Park Hotel
  • Beijing, China – December 5, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel
  • Seoul, South Korea – December 8, Kintex
  • São Paolo, Brazil – January 9, Sheraton São Paulo WTC
  • New York City, New York – January 13, Millennium Broadway Hotel Times Square
  • Seattle, Washington – January 18, Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center
  • Austin, Texas – January 23, Austin Convention Center

iOS 5 Tech Talk World Tour 2011

The agenda kicks off at 9:00 am, leading into on a class that teaches consumers about iPhone & iPad user interface design at 10:00 am. Consequently, developers will also be education about adopting iCloud storage at 11:00 am, before a lunch break. Just after noon, classes will divide into three rooms where consumers will learn about different iOS features; such as: Newstand, AirPlay, Game Center, iBooks, printing support and myriad more. The day will come to an end at 6:00 pm with wine & cheese. Continue reading

Infinity Blade 2 To Come December 1st

ChAIR and Epic Games have just announced that the highly anticipated Infinity Blade 2 will be released for the iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone on December 1st. This was announced today at Apple’s iPhone press event in Cupertino, CA.

This is a follow-up to the groundbreaking iOS sword fighting adventure, “Infinity Blade”, “Infinity Blade 2” leverages the processing power of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to deliver an immersie and graphically rich experience for users, and supports iOS features such as iCloud, enabling profiles and save games to transfer seamlessly between your devices. Be the first to watch the official trailer on Touch Reviewz!

 

Infinity Blade 2 will be powered by the Unreal Engine 3, and most likely top the iPhone app charts as soon as it is released. For more information visit its official website here.

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A Look At Apple’s “New” iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S, according to Apple, is supposed to be “the most amazing iPhone yet”. I’m not too sure that it is. Apple unveiled an abundance of new generations of their products, and the iPhone 4S was one of them. I must say, and I’m not sure if I’m talking for myself or on behalf of most Apple fans, when Apple announced that there isn’t to be an iPhone 5 this year, at their “Let’s Talk iPhone” gathering, and instead there’s to be an iPhone 4S,I was quite upset. The 4S doesn’t come with a lot of new features; however,  if you consider the Sira voice recognition system and the 1080p HD 8 MP camera a big deal, you might beg to differ.

The iPhone 4S hasn’t changed its looks at all, in contrast its hardware has been completely re-designed.

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Apple has upgraded the 4S with a dual-core A5 chip, which delivers up to two times more power and up to seven times faster graphics. I must say, those are some impressive details.

As always, Apple also brags about its outstanding battery life on the iPhone. I guess we’ll just have to wait until October 14th, the release date of the 4S, to see how long it really lasts. What really impressed me today was the new camera.

8 MP is quite a lot for a phone. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there’s a phone on the market with a better camera at the moment. I’m quite sure that the runner-up for best camera quality is Blackberry with a 5MP camera. Not only can you take amazing, clear pictures, at the same time you can also quickly edit them by cropping them or adjusting the lighting.

Things like that. Apple have also added quicker access to the camera by adding a button next to the “Slide to Unlock” slider. All in all…. a really neat feature!

iOS 5 will be shipping with the new iPhone 4S as early as October 14th. You can pre-order your 4S on Oct. 7. iOS 5 brings along quite a few cool new features with it, not only is there a new notification center, there’s also a new app called iMessage & Twitter integration. These are the top 3 new features available in iOS 5. I will post a larger, in-depth, review about these in the upcoming days. I’ve had a quick look at all of them…. in short, they all do look quite handy.

Not only does the iPhone 4S ship with a remarkably improved retina display, it also ships with iCloud; Apple’s brand new cloud system. iCloud is by far the easiest way to manage all your “stuff”.iCloud is able to store all your music, photos, apps, contacts, documents, mails, and calendars, and then wirelessly push them to all your devices. All of this requires you to do absolutely nothing at all, iCloud is great because every thing and every task it performs is automatic.

Apple’s iPad Contributes To 89% Of Global Tablet Traffic

A new study has found that 89% of the World’s internet traffic on tablet’s has come from Apple’s iPad. Research firm comScore announced a Device Essentials analytics service earlier this week reporting on digital traffic by device. The study uses “census-level information from tagged web page content” to reveal device usage. The report found that Apple’s iPad dominated across 13 geographies tracked, accounting for more than 89% of tablet traffic across all markets.ccording to the report, the iPad makes up the highest percentage of total non-computer traffic in Canada with 33.5 percent. Brazil is second with 31.8 percent, though it should be noted that non-computer devices comprise less than 1 percent of traffic in the country. Though Android tablets are way behind the iPad in terms of traffic, Android smartphones led the iPhone with 35.6 percent of smart phone traffic, compared to Apple’s 23.5 percent. comScore’s data also suggested that iOS users are more likely to access the Internet over a Wi-Fi network than are Android users. 47.5 percent of iPhone traffic occurred over Wi-Fi networks, as opposed to 21.7 percent on Android phones. The vast majority, 91.9 percent, of iPad traffic took place over Wi-Fi, while Wi-Fi usage on Android tablets made up 65.2 percent.

 

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Last month, research group Nielsen published a study that found the iPad has an 82 percent market share of tablets in the U.S. The Samsung Galaxy Tab was second with a 4 percent market share.

A number of analysts expect Apple to lead the tablet market for the “foreseeable future.” As of earlier this month, Apple had sold 25 million iPads in the 14 months since the device’s launch and is on track to sell more than 8 million units this quarter.

Apple’s Free iCloud Will Automatically Sync Data From Macs, PC’s, iOS Devices

Apple finally showed off its long-awaited iCloud service on Monday, portraying it as a service that stores content, wirelessly pushes it to devices, and integrates with applications — all at no cost to users.

iCloud was demonstrated by Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who even admitted that the previous MobileMe service was not Apple’s “finest hour.” But he also said that despite the company’s previous mistakes, iCloud is a new product.

“Today it is a real hassle and very frustrating to keep all your information and content up-to-date across all your devices,” Jobs said. “iCloud keeps your important information and content up to date across all your devices. All of this happens automatically and wirelessly, and because it’s integrated into our apps you don’t even need to think about it—it all just works.”

Apple is ready to ramp iCloud in its three data centers, including the third recently completed in Maiden, NC. Apple has invested over $500 million in its Maiden data center to support the expected customer demand for the free iCloud services.

The free iCloud services include:

  • The former MobileMe services — Contacts, Calendar and Mail — all completely re-architected and rewritten to work seamlessly with iCloud. Users can share calendars with friends and family, and the ad-free push Mail account is hosted at me.com. Your inbox and mailboxes are kept up-to-date across all your iOS devices and computers.
  • The App Store and iBookstore now download purchased iOS apps and books to all your devices, not just the device they were purchased on. In addition, the App Store and iBookstore now let you see your purchase history, and simply tapping the iCloud icon will download any apps and books to any iOS device (up to 10 devices) at no additional cost.
  • iCloud Backup automatically and securely backs up your iOS devices to iCloud daily over Wi-Fi when you charge your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Backed up content includes purchased music, apps and books, Camera Roll (photos and videos), device settings and app data. If you replace your iOS device, just enter your Apple ID and password during setup and iCloud restores your new device.
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  • iCloud Storage seamlessly stores all documents created using iCloud Storage APIs, and automatically pushes them to all your devices. When you change a document on any device, iCloud automatically pushes the changes to all your devices. Apple’s Pages®, Numbers® and Keynote® apps already take advantage of iCloud Storage. Users get up to 5GB of free storage for their mail, documents and backup—which is more amazing since the storage for music, apps and books purchased from Apple, and the storage required by Photo Stream doesn’t count towards this 5GB total. Users will be able to buy even more storage, with details announced when iCloud ships this fall.
  • iCloud’s Photo Stream service automatically uploads the photos you take or import on any of your devices and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices and computers. So you can use your iPhone to take a dozen photos of your friends during the afternoon baseball game, and they will be ready to share with the entire group on your iPad (or even Apple TV) when you return home. Photo Stream is built into the photo apps on all iOS devices, iPhoto on Macs, and saved to the Pictures folder on a PC. To save space, the last 1,000 photos are stored on each device so they can be viewed or moved to an album to save forever. Macs and PCs will store all photos from the Photo Stream, since they have more storage. iCloud will store each photo in the cloud for 30 days, which is plenty of time to connect your devices to iCloud and automatically download the latest photos from Photo Stream via Wi-Fi.
  • iTunes in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to all your iOS devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to all your devices. In addition, music not purchased from iTunes can gain the same benefits by using iTunes Match, a service that replaces your music with a 256 kbps AAC DRM-free version if it can be matched to the over 18 million songs in the iTunes Store, it makes the matched music available in minutes (instead of weeks to upload your entire music library), and uploads only the small percentage of unmatched music. iTunes Match will be available this fall for a $24.99 annual fee. Apple today is releasing a free beta version of iTunes in the Cloud, without iTunes Match, for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users running iOS 4.3. iTunes in the Cloud will support all iPhones that iOS 5 supports this fall.

Features of iCloud were also demonstrated Monday at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. Details from those live demos and presentations are included below:

Contact, Calendar and Mail Sync

Like MobileMe, iCloud will offer syncing of contacts, calendars and mail. It will also be an ad-free service, and will ship with all iOS 5 devices this fall.

iCloud will come set up by default on new iOS 5 devices. Users will also be given 5GB of storage for mail, all free through the new service.

iCloud will be integrated in the App Store on iOS devices, allowing users to see all of the applications they own, even if they are not installed on the current device.

Backup to the Cloud

Devices can also be backed up to the cloud, for users who want to become truly PC-free. Content will be backed up to the cloud every day, and users will identify their account with a username and password login on any device.

Backups will occur over Wi-Fi only, and will apply to a number of applications on iOS devices, including purchased music, books and applications; photos and video stored in the camera roll; device settings; and app data.

Documents in the Cloud

A new feature called Documents in the Cloud automatically backs up documents created in Pages, Numbers or Keynote in the iCloud service. The newly released versions of the iWork suite for iOS already have this feature built in.

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Developers will also have access to iCloud application programming interfaces for their software. Applications will be allowed to store full documents, and they will be pushed to a user’s device automatically. It will work across all iOS devices, as well as Macs and PCs.

Photo Stream

Photo Stream will also bring the cloud to photos, allowing users to back up and sync pictures automatically. With the new service, photos will be available to access on any device. On iOS, this will be accomplished right within the Photos application.

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To save memory, the last 1,000 photos will be stored on iOS devices, while in the cloud, photos will be saved for 30 days. Users can choose to keep a photo permanently by moving it into an album.

iTunes in the Cloud

With iTunes in the cloud, users will also be able to redownload songs to any device at no additional cost. Just as with applications on the App Store, content that is already owned will be represented with an iCloud icon.

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A new setting in iOS will also allow automatic downloads of content on other devices. A new tab for purchased items will reside in the iTunes application. Songs are AAC files at 256Kbps and can be pushed to up to 10 devices.

Apple To Issue iOS 4.3.1 With Security, But Fixes Within Two Weeks [Rumors]

It is rumored that Apple will be releasing a minor update to its mobile operating system for the iPhone & iPad, iOS 4.3.1, in the next couple of weeks. This update is rumored to mainly address bugs & plug security holes. According to Boy Genius Report the much wanted software update is supposed to arrive in 2 weeks. The iOS 4.3.1 update will address all sorts of bugs & security issues with the iPhone & iPad. It is said to also include a fix for a vulnerability that allowed hackers to jailbreak the newly released iPad 2.

It is also said that the iOS software update will include baseband updates for the iPhone 3Gs & the original iPad with 3G. It is reported that the upcoming update will fix an issue with the iOS Springboard and third-party applications not recognizing the gyroscope on the iPad 2.

Boy Genius Reports has, in the past, been correct in pinpointing iOS releases through its sources at wireless carriers. Earlier this month, the website indicated the release of iOS 4.3 would be early, this guess was incorrectly off by a day. We’ll see if Boy Genius Report will be correct this time.