Tag Archive | "Apple"

Online Purchasing of Laptops

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A person who needs to acquire a laptop through online option will discover the finest deals and the supreme range of properties and add-ons for his personal needs or business. Many sales agencies are offering these products on healthy discount. Before making final decision he must take care of the thing that all required features are in there and it is also within the specified budget.

Laptops Are Expensive Then Desktops

It is very obvious that when you will go for the latest technology its price will rise. Same is the case with computer industry. When you are enjoying the portability of laptop and also extra feature of backup battery, then definitely you will have to pay extra. But keeping in mind the benefits it’s not a bad deal.

Many Brands Are Available In Market

There are many brand available in the market having own specifications and features. Price of the brands also varies. When you go out to buy one keep in mind your requirements and price you can pay. Also take a look at the reputation of the brand; it’s after sale services and general requirements.

Buying a New Brand

If you want to acquire a new laptop brand, you must take some time in research and finding references about the product. Read the full story

You Can Run Chrome OS On iPad

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iPad is one of the most interesting gadgets in the market. It has been developed by Apple and is officially released for public all around the world. iPad is a line of tablet computers which have proven to be a breakthrough. The iPad is controlled by a MultiTouch system and can only plant and work with programs approved by Apple inc.

The Chrome-Pad

However, by using a little imagination and modification the iPad can easily run many of the more interesting programs. The Chrome Operation System can also be easily run on the iPad. “Jail Breaking” is a term most of us are familiar with. Through Jail Breaking, expert hackers can bypass all precautions and download content and install it.

Cydia Is Ideal For Downloading

Some of the most famous sources of downloading content for iPad and iPhone have been the Cydia. Cydia applications are easy to access and free of cost. All of these applications are available on the internet for one to work with and enjoy. iPad can be easily Jail Breached and the Chrome OS be installed on it.

What Is Chrome OS?

Chrome OS is a computing platform which was has been released by Google. It is exclusively compatible with all Personal Computers and Mobile devices.

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List of all Cydia Apps

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The Cydia apps are being updated at such a great rate that it is easy to lose touch. New themes and apps are appearing that will make the experience better. Here is a list of all the apps that you could hope to have. Also added is a little description of each app.

Archiving

cpio:

It is a predecessor to tar. Tar is used by RPM.

DMG2IMG:

Cydia for your iPhone

It is a conversion tool. It converts compressed dmgs to HFS+.

fastjar:

It is a counterpart for a Java app. It is a faster native alternative to Java’s Jar.

libarchive:

It is a backend library. This app is for working with tar files.

rzip:

It is a compression algorithm. This algorithm is the best there is.

unrar:

It is a decompression tool. It decompresses files in rar format.

unzip:

This is also a decompression tool. It decompresses files in zip format.

XAR:

It is an easy archive format. This format is extensible.

zip:

It is the standard compression tool for Windows. It provides compatibility.

7-zip (POSIX):

It is yet another compressing tool. It claims to be a good one.

Dictionaries

C.I.D.E:

It is for App Store’s WeDict. It is an add-on dictionary.

DeuDict:

It is for translation. It translates German to English.

Dictionary:

It is the basic dictionary. This is the universal one for iPhone and iPod Touch.

English Etymology:

It provides etymology knowledge.

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Best iPhone Apps for Photos

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iPhone is one of the top most selling android phones on the planet. People often debate on which application is useful and the best for users but the truth is we just cannot compare them with each other roughly based on opinions rather than on facts. Let us take an inside look, not on the entire directory of the available iPhone applications found worldwide but on the category of Applications available for Photographs you possess.

1. Best Camera

Best Camera

The brilliant Camera application offers a reigning and user friendly set of filters and graphic effects for your iPhone and iPod photos. Heap them. Mix them. Remix them. The possibilities end where your imagination halts. Whenever you are then ready, just share your images easily. Optimum Camera allows you to quickly and easily upload them to Face book and flicker without any sort of stress to accumulate.

2. Photoshop.com Rotatable

Photoshop.com Rotatable

Originally, this software is completely developed by Adobe. By making usage of this website on your iPhone you literally edit any of your photographs in any way you want to without any restrictions!

Some of the features it has allow cropping and flipping photographs. It has some frames which you can add to your images and make them much more attractive and memorable.

3. Lo-Mob

Lo-Mob

Lo-mob brings lo-fi and photographic experimentations to your roving pictures. Hump you put a 35mm cinema in a line formatting embodied?

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Motorola Vs. Apple: Battle is On!

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As soon as new technology is introduced in the smart phones, sales war starts among the competitive companies. Now is the time for online sellout for Motorola’s Droid X. Although the companies do not reveal their actual sales data, the Droid X seems to be sold out in advance on internet sales and soon it will be short.

Droid’s Sale

Droid X and iPhone

According to research, the Verizon version of Google’s smart phone is doing great sale and in short supply at Verizon stores. Soon it is will be the same with retailers. So everyone wants change, other than Apple’s I-phone, whose sale is now reduced due to its reception difficulty. Verizon also promoted the Droid a lot, which is offered by other carriers too. Droid has not very quick sale now and it is unfamiliar to many but it is said to the potential to catch the sales of Apple’s iPhone.

Droid’s Advantage

The droid promoters say that apple is only at the top for its sales not for its usability. According to them Droid is more user friendly than Apple in many applications. In Droid the users are being able to create their own applications without having to submit them to Apple. It has multiple carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile.

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Official iPad Case from Apple

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Apple products are about 30-40% expensive than the products of their competitors which provide similar features and specifications on a very cheap rate. The question arises why people still go for Apple products even when they have to pay extra money? The explanation to this question is that people do not buy products to fulfill their needs, they also want a brand name that can be identified worldwide, which can be repaired and serviced anywhere on this globe, and the most important reason of all is that the product should have a variety of accessories and add-ons which can enhance their experience of using the product.

Steve Jobs of Apple Inc. understands these requirements of their customers, that’s why in addition to providing sales and services of world class standard, they also launch new and innovative accessories for the Apple products regularly. The examples of such innovative and unique accessories are, Apple iPod wireless USB speakers, charging docks, unique straps for apple iPod nano, 3D view for iPhone and etc. And now, with the introduction of the new iPad, Apple does not plan to slow down on the accessories.

The Offcial iPad Case

Recently, Apple has launched a new carrying and protecting case for its iPad and iPad2 devices. This case is just another example of the innovation Apple is bringing into the market, and how hard it is for competitors to beat this! Not only does this Case look sleek and stylish, but it has amazing features too! Its micro fiber interior safeguards your iPad’s screen, and it is available in a variety of colors. Also, it can twist and turn in different shapes to help you type or watch a movie. It is available in market for a whooping $54, which makes it equivalent of around 4600 Pakistani Rupees.

Patent

Now naturally, the fact that Apple launches dozens of Accessories every year, it would need patenting. But it is still under discussion as to why there was a need to get this cover a patent. Sure it is better than the rest of the covers available in the market, but getting a patent doesn’t make it special enough to be sold at double the price of an average cover like this in market. Maybe Apple just wants to scare all the competitors off by suing them for any kind of replication. Because it can be clearly seen that Apple really is Patenting everything.

It can clearly be seen how Apple’s mind works. By getting a patent for this cover from the US Patent office, they are turning it into the Official Cover of the iPad, and trying to make it look even more special than it already is. If Apple really wants to be the sole producer of accessories like this for its products than it should also sell it at a reasonable price, otherwise it will negatively affect the sales of both its products and their accessories.

 

Top 5 Best iPhone Travel Battery Chargers

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The technology of mobile phones has really come a long way. Now with the mobile technology advancement, iPhone is definitely a very useful invention. The iPhone is a world in itself. However, like other cell phones; iPhones also need a charger for efficient working.

Need iPhone Charger While Traveling

You definitely require a charger for your iPhone while you have been traveling at any place on the globe. It may be domestic travel within the city, travel out of the city or international travel. It simply does not make any sense that you are carrying an advanced technological gadget in the form of iPhone during your journey; however, you cannot take benefit of using it as soon as battery is finished. Since in a journey, it is not feasible to carry bulky equipment with you that need more space; it is suggested to carry movable and handy gadget with you. In view of above, travel chargers are right equipment that you should take with yourself. By utilizing these chargers, you can charge your iPhone and don’t need to stop within the journey to find a charger. Here you will find information about few of the iPhone travel battery chargers.

1. Extended Rechargeable Battery Case in Slim Design

Undoubtedly, it is one of the top of line travel battery charger for iPhone. Additionally, it can also be considered as combination accomplice for iPhone. Hence, your mobile phone remains intact even when you are traveling and the battery of your iPhone is over.

2. Kensington Worldwide Travel Charger

Kensington travel charger is also amongst one of the excellent travel battery chargers for iPhone. Read the full story

How to install Cydia Games on iPad?

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Having difficulty while installing applications on your iPad? Cydia is what you need. It’s an additional software to install applications on your iPad. Cydia is basically installed on the jailbroken iPad which allows the iOS to introduce more applications introduced by the third parties. People who don’t have Cydia on their iPads must download it free of cost from the internet and just simply install it and then a whole new world in iPad will be created with lots of new and exciting fun stuff and other applications including games also.

Apple has produced some of the best games ever introduced by any cell phone manufacturers. There are thousands of applications which are available on Apple Store. Some of the games are free of cost so that you can simply download them without any sweats and some of the games are in the paid games category.

Cydia to Install Games on iPad:

Cydia is applications software that allows you to install different applications, games and other, on your iPad. Cydia applications and games come at very low price rate, free games are also available. Cydia market is still growing very fast and this jailbroken app is a great attraction for thousands of iPad users.

Following are the 5 steps to install on your iPad. All you have to do is to keenly follow these steps and you can have all your favourite games in your iPad.

Step 1:

Launch the Cydia software on your iPad by taping on the Cydia Icon. At the first time Cydia will take some time while maintain and refresh the log of available application in your iPad.

Step 2:

After the Cydia is launched, tap the button with the label “Sections” which is shown on the screen. Read the full story

Must Have iPad Applications

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The App Store has brought out a bunch of apps for the iPad. While there are many that were already available for the iPhone, they will look much better in the larger iPad. There are many new ones too. The costs are a bit high to what you would usually find in the App Store.

1. News and Social

News and Social

NYT Editor’s Choice:

This app shows you what the ‘New York Times’ looks like on the iPad. It is free. There may be hidden subscription charges.

USA Today:

This app shows you how the ‘USA Today’ looks like on the iPad. This is free but there may be hidden subscription charges.

WSJ:

The Wall Street Journal has launched an app to allow its followers on iPad to read the paper. It is a free app. There may be hidden subscription charges.

AP:

This is a really good app. It includes video, image and text content as well. It has an unorthodox design. This is another free app.

NPR for iPad:

This is a digital version of the NPR. There is text and photo news along with the audio. It is a free app.

Popular Science:

The tease at the App Store hints that this is not only a magazine scan. Rather it has been influenced by the amazing concept that surfaces in December. This app costs $5.

BBC:

This old broadcaster is now on iPad with its very own app. There is all the BBC’s news coverage. This includes print, video and radio.

Bloomberg:

The app for all of you with a business sense. Your iPad can become a finance terminal with this app. It is free for now.

StumbleUpon:

You can use your Stumble Upon account for simple link sharing and discovery. It is a free app.

Instapaper:

The app that lets you save anything that you have come across online in a cleaned-up format for later use. It costs $5.

NewsRack:

NewsRack worked great for the iPhone as an RSS reader. The great news is that if you have already paid $5 for the iPhone version, then the iPad download is absolutely free.

Feeddler:

Feeddler is a free app that will cover all the basics if you do not want to spend money for a feed reader.

Fluent News:

Some of you might not like the RSS readers. If that is the case, then Fluent is your thing. It will make your daily news to be a little guided into a single interface. This app is free.

Accuweather Cirrus:

The app that will make you an expert weatherperson. It includes prediction and reading. It is free.

Tweetdeck:

Tweet deck worked great with the iPhone. It takes the column-based desktop app, and adapts it to the iPhone’s screen. The end result is in either two column (a portrait) or three column (landscape) modes.

AIM:

AIM is the AOL’s instant messaging app. It looks pretty stunning. This app is free.

IM+:

The app that will let you do some serious multi-protocol messaging. That includes Live, Facebook and Yahoo, among others. This app is for $10.

Loopt Pulse:

This app provides localism. Find out what is going on around your sofa, right from your sofa. It is free.

Dash Four:

Foursquare on the iPad might sound like a strange idea now. Yet it won’t seem so strange the next time you are in Starbucks, with your iPad. This app costs $2.

Craigsphone:

While the Craiglist website is a disaster, the Craigslist iPad app looks great. It is free.

2. Entertainment and Video

Entertainment and Video

Netflix:

An app that provides Netflix streaming over Wi-Fi. You should first have a NetFlix account that costs around $9 a month these days. After that, you can have thousands of brilliant TV shows and movies in your hand. The app is free.

ABC Player:

ABC Player is one of the first TV apps available in the store. It has made a promising start. It provides an amazing slick interface for the ABC video content that is available on their website. This app is free.

Marvel Comics:

An app that turns your iPad into a comic book for real. It provides a free reader but the comics have to be paid for.

iBooks:

iBooks is the Apple’s ebook store. It is the best thing yet for iPad ebooks. There is no competition for now, but Amazon and Barnes will be hoping to change that soon.

NBA Game Time Courtside:

An app that provides you with a full and interactive dashboard for all the basketball games that you watch. It is a joy for all the basketball fans. It is absolutely free.

MLB At Bat:

It is an app that enables you to watch the live games like the iPhone version. The extra bit added is that it simulates the games you are unable to watch due to blackout or licensing issues. There are also statistics at hand. It costs $15.

ESPN ScoreCenter:

For all of you out there who like to eat, drink and sleep sports, this is the app for you. It provides a constant feed of sports information. There are the specific game scores like on the iPhone app, but the iPad app has been enhanced to include scores of columns, frames and panes. If you love sports, it costs a mere $5.

Yahoo Entertainment:

Yahoo Entertainment pulls info from the vast network of Yahoo sites. It has complete TV listings, videos and entertainment news. It has been amazingly designed, and it is free so it is definitely worth a download.

SoundHound:

SoundHound is a song recognition app with a difference. It has an immensely fast recognition engine. It does not only ID any music that is playing, but also provides lyrics, charts, music discovery and full playlist playback. The charts are based on what people are Idling and not based on buying statistics. It is for $5.

Shazam:

It is an app that provides song recognition. Still, it will not recognize your own singing voice or humming like SoundHound can. Also, the song recognition ability is not as good. Still, it is a free app so you can try it.

Pandora:

The Pandora’s iPad app is sticking to its basic customized radio feature. It provides artist info along with your playlists. Read the full story

I/O Kit Tools for iPhone and iPad

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IO Kit is used for interfacing the different devices just as you are working on the particular operating system. In fact it’s a sort of trainer on which you work for your applications. In this way you can program different devices to work the way you want for the purpose of developing different applications. Mostly we develop the device drivers in a high level language like objective C. To follow are some of the important tools for iPhone and iPad which might be of help to you for developing the device drivers.

Prerequisites Required

Before you start developing device drivers you should have a know how of C++ and kernel programming. You have to be more creative in your approach towards programming using I/O kit tools.

Salient Features

The I/O kit is provided with plug n play, sleep mode, separate memory banks for kernel and user applications, parallel and symmetric multiprocessing and it provides a lot of room for code reusability.

The kernel features supported by these drivers are objected oriented programming framework, primitives for communication, data management and threading. It is compatible with all bus types. Instantiated objects that belong to different classes are tracked through I/O registry. Layering of client and provider objects can be done without a fuss; no matter how complicated the order is. There is a great room for code reusability in the latest model of the I/O kit.

Blueprint Philosophy

The latest model of the I/O kit is different to its predecessors in a lot of ways. The available models before this were deficient in one way or the other. Many features of a modern operating system for example power management, driver stacking, automatic configuration etc. were absent in the previous models.

The crux of the design philosophy lies in the fact that object oriented programming model was developed. This architecture supports many devices with a way that is common among them. In the earlier versions this kit software development kits were separate entities but now the hardware is so much sophisticated that there is no requirement of complex codes. Application programming interface is open to all, resulting in facilitating the developers to use the source code for developing new drivers.

Provision of Namespaces

Name spaces are always helpful in identifying the classes. Therefore you should always try to use them and a reverse chronological order is preferred. Be cautioned never to declare an I/O subclass in namespace.

High Level Language Used

The programming language used is C++. However not every feature of this language is usable.  There were many features in C++ that don’t suite a multithreaded environment resulting in their exclusion.  As a programmer you cannot play with exceptions, templates and multiple inheritance. The I/O kit possesses its own runtime typing system so no need for C++ to provide that.

Different parts of the I/O kit are described as below:;

Libraries Provided

Three C++ libraries are used by I/O kit. These are cloaked by framework. There are three frameworks used in all. These are IOKit, kernel IO kit and kernel libkern. Read the full story

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