What are the five iOS features Apple is claiming that Samsung (or Google) stole?

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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With the second patent battle between Apple and Samsung now underway, we thought it would be useful to look at each of the five features Apple claims Samsung (or Google) stole from iOS.

The patents are, of course, worded in the usual dense legaleze. If you want to read them for yourself, you can find them on the US Patent and Trademark Office website in the links below. But here’s my reading of what each one is about, in plain English … 

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A Story of a Professor and a Student

Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?

Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD good ?

Student : Sure.

Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?

Student : Yes.

Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

(Student was silent.)

Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Is satan good ?

Student : No.

Professor: Where does satan come from ?

Student : From … GOD …

Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

Student :Yes

Professor: So who created evil ?

(Student did not answer.)

Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, who created them ?

(Student had no answer.)

Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?

Student : No, sir.

Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

Student : No , sir.

Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smell your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?

Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student : Yes.

Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.

Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Professor: Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as cold?

Professor: Yes.

Student : No, sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?

Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?

Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.

Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)

Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class was in uproar.)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class broke out into laughter. )

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.

Can you guess who’s the student in the story? :)

The smartwatch race is on: LG’s G Watch to arrive before the Moto 360

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Following speculation that Google(s goog) and LG were partnering on an Android smartwatch, LG confirmed it on Tuesday by announcing the LG G Watch . The product is expected to arrive in the second quarter of this year and will work with “a wide range of Android smartphones,” which is key to the watch’s success.

The G Watch news came immediately after Google officially announced Android Wear, a set of developer tools to build Android-powered watches.

LG G Watch

Based on LG’s collaboration with Google, it appears the company has a small head start with the G Watch. Motorola has also announced an Android Wear product called the Moto 360, saying it will arrive first in the U.S. this summer.

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LG’s press release specifically says that Google’s Android Wear platform will debut on the G Watch. The company also says it is Google’s lead partner in the Android Wear effort, although several others…

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Softgapper’s Picks: Best Softwares for Windows 7

win7Sharing this software list from my PC that I personally tried, tested and currently being used. I’ll be listing my top 3 software per category as of March 16, 2014 (list is subject for change for future updates). Since this is only a list, individual reviews of software may arrive on the succeeding posts or as per request. Enjoy everyone and always keep informed. :)

Internet Browser:

1. Mozilla Firefox – Stability and Security

(http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/)

2. Google Chrome – Speed, but heaviest on memory usage

(https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/)

3. Internet Explorer 11 – Performance, as reviewed by SunSpider, Also has least memory usage

(http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/download-ie)

Anti Virus:

1. Kaspersky – Detection-wise, the best, but heavy in memory usage

(http://www.kaspersky.com/home-security)

2. F-Secure – Least memory usage, Above Average for detection

(http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/home_global/products)

3. Avira – Has free version, Low memory usage, Detects most of the viruses on real-time

(http://www.avira.com/en/personal)

Music Player:

1. iTunes - iTunes Store and Best Integration with iOS devices, but, not Performance-friendly

https://www.apple.com/itunes/

2. Mediamonkey – Feature-rich iTunes-like Player

(http://www.mediamonkey.com/)

3. Winamp – Lightweight and Customizable Player

(http://www.winamp.com/)

Video Player:

1. VLC - Best Display and Rendering

(http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html)

2. Media Player Classic – Performance, Along with K-Lite Codec Pack it supports ALL video formats

(http://mpc-hc.org/)

3. Real Player – Best player for real video formats and great interface

(http://www.real.com)

File Converter:

1. Freemake - Free, CUDA and DXVA integration, Supports a wide range of devices

(http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/)

2. Xilisoft – Best Performance, Nvidia CUDA and AMP APP GPU Integration

(http://www.xilisoft.com/video-converter-software.html)

3. zamzar.com – Online availability, Supports other files aside from music and video

(http://www.zamzar.com/)

CD/DVD Burning Tool:

1. Daemon Tools - (http://www.daemon-tools.cc/downloads)

2. Nero – (http://www.nero.com/ena/)

3. Slysoft – (http://www.slysoft.com/en/)

Note: More categories will be added on the upcoming updates or as per request.

Updated: Due to insistent public demand, I had updated the article to include some features boasted by each software.

Apple finally seeded iOS 7.1 Update

ios7.1Just more than 2 weeks after iOS 7.0.6 is released, Apple finally rolled out the most expected major update of the company’s latest mobile operating system. After 5 beta releases, we should be expecting a handful of changes and additions that had been fully polished over the pre-release versions. Users are primarily anticipating performance improvements especially for iPhone 4 users and a fix for the frequent crashes experienced. Let’s see as to what the update had to offer us on the image below.

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The image above is taken from updating my iPad mini via iTunes. It is more advisable to update from iTunes over OTA/WiFi Update since this is a major update and backup is strongly recommended. The list did not change when I updated my iPod Touch 5G as well, so this list applies to all of iOS 7 devices.

Notable Updates. Let’s jump up first to the most remarkable updates.

  • CarPlay. This was introduced just 5 days ago and this enables your iDevices to be connected to your CarPlay enabled vehicles. For a more detailed visual information as to how this works, you may watch the video below.

  • User Interface Refinements. Since iOS 7 is a major overhaul of the iOS 6′ user interface, this is expected. As far as I had explored, this includes keyboard adjustments (character’s font weight, shift button, and overall contrast), notifications area changes, control center behavior, zooming out animation and circular buttons. The keyboard font weight is mostly notable to be an improvement over the previous as I use it along the way. The zooming out effect also changed. When closing an app, the app zooms out first followed by your home screen apps. Other changes should fall under the Accessibility settings which is discussed below.
  • Home Screen Crash Bug Fix. A lot of users are complaining for the frequent crashes experienced when they updated to iOS 7. Though, personally, I never experienced those crashes, but we should be expecting this to be fixed by this update.
  • Performance Improvements. This update particularly mentioned that iPhone 4 users will enjoy improved responsiveness and performance. Since this is an overall update, we should be expecting an improvement over the later devices as well, more importantly the devices with A5 chip (iPhone 4S, iPad mini 1st Gen, and iPod Touch 5th Gen).
  • Accessibility. A lot of users are complaining for the nauseous effect of the zoom and parallax effect of iOS 7. This had been partially fixed by iOS 7.0.3 allowing users to eliminate the zoom effect when Reduce Motion setting is turned on. Moreover, the Reduce Motion setting’s coverage had increased and now includes Weather, Messages and Multitasking animations. Bold font setting extended it coverage as well. More settings are also added under this tab including Button Shapes that adds a background shade behind the default arrow and text buttons, Darken App Colors that prefers the darker UI and Reduce White Point that somehow reduces the brightness of white backgrounds.

Other Updates. There’s more and here’s the additional roll call.

  • Siri. This might just be a minor update but Siri now allows you to manually control the time span for him/her to listen. This can be done by holding down the home button when you’re speaking and releasing it when you’re done. This reduces the time you may need to wait for Siri to respond as opposed to the default automatic setting that let’s Siri notice when you stop talking. There are also enhancements for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English and Japanese languages which should give them a more natural voice.
  • iTunes Radio. This is still worth noting even though this is for US users only. But, who knows if this will also be able to reach the other countries. Anyway, the update includes a search field that basically does what its name implies, a Buy button on the Now Playing tab, and an iTunes Match subscription to enjoy an ad-free iTunes Radio.
  • Calendar. Another app that had been also controversial since the iOS 7 release. This opted out users to use alternative calendar apps from the App Store like Fantastical, Tempo, and Sunrise. This might just be a little convincing but a worthy update.This includes the month view button for Events and addition of country-specific holidays for most countries which wasn’t disclosed yet but I’d checked and Philippines is not one of those. :(
  • Improved Touch ID. This should be more on a firmware update that improves the fingerprint recognition.
  • iCloud Keychain. A feature added on iOS 7.0.3 that is now available for additional countries.
  • FaceTime iCloud Improvement. Facetime call notifications are now also cleared on other devices under your iCloud when you answered it already on one device.
  • Mail App Badge. A Fix for badge display of Mail App when unread e-mail exceeds 10,000. Now that’s a lot of unread e-mails, don’t you think?
  • iPhone 5S Camera Setting. This is only a very minor update but it is very worth the savings of additional tapping task which automatically enables HDR setting when camera is launched.

So, what are you waiting for, Apple folks. Update your device now to experience all of these fresh additions and changes. The comment box is open below for your questions and feedback of the update.

Tips and Tricks. For me, I usually reset all my settings after a major update like this. This is to experience the out of the box default settings and for the iDevice to be refreshed as well. Take note that resetting your settings did improve the performance before when iOS 7 is released. This reset will not also delete any of your data so this is totally safe. Enjoy folks! :)

Additional Info: It had been confirmed as well that Jailbreak is not working on iOS 7.1 at the moment.

Prince of Persia is the IGN Free Game of the Month

popThe monthly most-awaited Free IGN Game of the Month has finally arrived. And this time, it is a veteran game that every gamer should know. The Prince of Persia The Shadow and The Flame, the sequel to the first iOS game, Prince of Persia Classic. For those who are not aware, Prince of Persia is a series of action-packed adventure games focused on your primary character, the prince itself. One of its series also found its way to the big screen last 2010 that eventually became the highest-grossing film based on a video game, which is the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

pop2Back to the old days since 2003, where mobile games are still using the java platform, is when I had first played Prince of Persia. It is the most popular mobile adventure game back then along with my other favorite, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. Aside from being awesome, this game is already a steal considering its current price at $2.99 and it was just released last year. IGN surely had a great partnership with Ubisoft here to give the gamers a sweet gift. Now, enough for the reading, as this is a first-come, first-serve basis because of the limited codes redeemable. Visit http://www.ign.com/prime/promo/prince-of-persia-free to grab your free copy now. Enjoy fellow iOS gamers and please be reminded that this is available this March only and on the following countries below. It’s always great to have an iOS device. :)

United States, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Chad, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vietnam

Download link:

http://www.ign.com/prime/promo/prince-of-persia-free

Reference:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/03/08/march-free-game-of-the-month-prince-of-persia-the-shadow-and-the-flame

Colorful Nokia Lumia 630 pictured in leak

Originally posted on Gigaom:

I was a little disappointed when I learned that Nokia’s(s nok) latest smartphone, the Lumia Icon , comes in just black or white. After all, the line started with the vivid, colorful Lumia 800 . But somewhere along the way, those fun color choices slowly started to fade. Fortunately, it looks like Nokia is bringing them back with the Lumia 630, judging by a leaked photo from the reliable @evleaks.

Lumia 630 leak

As you can see, Nokia is once again employing a bright color palette. The softer edges of the phone actually remind me more of the recently announced Nokia X than a premium device like the Lumia Icon. That makes sense, since the Lumia 630 will likely exist as a midway point between the Nokia X and higher-end Lumias.

The only other things I’m seeing here (or not seeing, really) is that the phone seems to lack a dedicated camera button…

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