Monthly Archives: "October 2012"

  Not to be out done by Apple, Google has updated their Voice Search App for iOS to produce a fast and accurate voice recognition service. This update clearly competes with Siri for the affection of iOS device owners. The new update does not give the voice feedback in the UK as seen on the video. This obviously gives Apple’s Siri the advantage for UK users. However, one advantage the Google’s Voice Search has over Siri is speed. Google’s Voice Search uses instant search to find the answer to your,Read More

Posted On October 31, 2012By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured, Google News

iPad Mini Reviews

  Apple’s iPad mini has a lot to live up to given how well the new iPad with Retina display has been received. In addition, there are a wide range of 7-inch competing tablets causing far less than the $329 or £269 starting price Apple is asking consumer to shell out. So, lets find out whether Apple’s new iPad mini is worth the hype and extra cash   Apple’s iPad mini Review – The Verge   [quote] The iPad mini is an excellent tablet — but it’s not a very cheapRead More

Posted On October 30, 2012By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

Apple’s Patents – October 30, 2012

  This is TheTechStorm roundup of the some of the patents granted to Apple by the USPTO on October 30, 2012. The list include – User interface for controlling three-dimensional animation of an object and  Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for providing maps, directions, and location-based information.   8,300,055 User interface for controlling three-dimensional animation of an object  Patent Background In the last few decades, computers and software have been used to animate objects. Initially, animation software was complicated and difficult to use. A user was generally required toRead More

Posted On October 29, 2012By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

Scott Forstall Out In Major Shake Up At Apple

  In one of the most shocking news from Apple since the passing of Steve Jobs, iOS VP Scott Forstall is set to leave Apple along with John Browett. The removal of John Browett, should not come as a surprise to keen followers of the Cupertino – based company. In this short spell in charge of retail, he has not done anything to push the company forward. However, Scott Forstall departure is another matter. Some hailed him as the next CEO of Apple after the departure of Cook. He worked closelyRead More

Posted On October 29, 2012By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Microsoft News

Windows Phone 8 Reviews

Windows Phone 8 is here. Microsoft has unveiled the new operating system with lots of nice features, including Live Tiles, Room, Kids Corner and Near Field Communications (NFC). So the next question logical question would be how well all these niceties work in the real world. Check out these reviews from around the web to find the answer: Windows Phone 8 Review – The Verge [quote] With each new generation of Windows Phone, Microsoft not only closes the gap with iOS and Android in important ways, but it also differentiates in importantRead More

Posted On October 29, 2012By Storm WilliamsIn Microsoft News

Windows Phone 8

  Microsoft has unveiled their new Windows Phone 8 operating system at an event in San Francisco today. The new Windows Phone 8 operating system contained a lot of new features such as Kid’s Corner and Rooms. “We can’t wait for the world to meet Windows Phone 8, the most personal smartphone there is”  said Terry Myerson – corporate vice president of the Windows Phone Division at Microsof. ” Windows Phone 8 will come on a range of phones that are stunning, colorful and unique.” According to Micrsoft, in addition to Live Tiles, Windows PhoneRead More
  True to various rumors, Google has unveiled more new Nexus devices today on their blog. The Mountain View – based company is taken to fight to Apple and others in the Tablet space by unveiling the Nexus 10. The Nexus 10 comes with an iPad-beating 2560-by-1600 (300ppi) resolution display. WOW! Here is what Google has to say about their new Nexus 10 tablet: [quote] Nexus 10 is the ultimate tablet for watching movies or reading magazines. We wanted to build a premium entertainment device, so we partnered with Samsung to doRead More

Posted On October 28, 2012By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Google News, Microsoft News

What Is A Patent?

  Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs has ushered in the patent war he predicted might happen when he unveiled the iPhone in 2007. In that keynote, Steve Jobs remarked that, “boy have we patented it.” in reference to the revolutionary iPhone. Unfortunately, for Steve and Apple, his worst fear came through, he was  betrayed by one of his most trusted allied (Google). Google went on to release, the now very successful competing Android operation system, which bears a lot of similarities to Apple’s iOS . Anyway, what followed is theRead More
  Are you one of the lucky ones with money to burn on a tablet and can’t decide what to get? There is some very good news for you. The folks at CNET have put together a very useful chart highlighting the pros and cons of Apple iPad Mini, Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD. Missing from the table is the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ version also available at $299 with a display of  1,920×1,200-pixel. The chart gives a nice breakdown of the prices of each tablet, display size and resolution, processorRead More

Posted On October 28, 2012By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

Steve Jobs’ Yacht Finally Unveiled

  In April this year famous French designer Philippe Starck  told  Le Figaro that he was working with Apple on a a “revolutionary” product due in eight months. This led to all sorts of speculations at the time this might be the rumored Apple TV. It turns out the Satrck was commenting on his work a Steve Jobs’ Yacht. Well, the wait is over.   According to The Verge: [quote] Steve Jobs’s yacht is making what looks to be its first public appearance in the Dutch city of Aalsmeer, a bit more than one year afterRead More
  Lets have fun with one of Mr. Rob Enderle’s anti-Apple article. If you don’t know Enderle, he is as anti- Apple as John Gruber is pro -Apple. Enderle’s latest masterpiece is titled – How Microsoft’s Surface Might Kill The iPad. Of course, Enderle gives himself some wiggle room by using the word ‘might’ in the title. As a result if his hypothesis is not realized, he can always fall back on this word. Enderle started off by stating: [quote] Is the Microsoft Surface the next killer tablet? All these “killer this” and “killer that”Read More

Posted On October 26, 2012By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

Apple’s Apology, That Is Not Really An Apology

Apple, having lost its case against Samsung over allegation of copying its iPad in the UK was ordered to print an apology. The Cupertino company  issued an apology, well a statement that was meant to be an apology in this case. Apple has taken the opportunity to highlight that even-though the UK court decided that the Korean company did not copy the iPad with their Galaxy Tabs, other courts around the world found that they wilfully infringed Apple’s patents. The company was also quick to quote from the initial resulting inRead More