News on OSs, Phones and Apps

Unfortunately, they don’t favor thirsty-for-news bloggers as often as we’d like. But we got one issue today. iOS 7.1, having been installed on numerous smartphones and tablets all over the world, came up with some bugs, and it was inevitable. Thus, there was the urgent necessity to cope with the problem. iOS 7.1.1 is a new update to iOS 7.1 that Apple is testing out to address multiple bugs in iOS 7.1. As the official sources inform, the bug fix update will soon come over-the-air to iPhones, iPads, and iPods. And that’s great news, isn’t it?

Phones + Applications

Here is an interesting issue in security & protection sphere. A so-called “kill-switch” technology will become a ‘must’ for all smartphone models released after July 2015, as informed by the largest U.S. wireless carriers and smartphone makers. It will help decrease smartphone thefts and protect customer data.

The features that allow users to remotely wipe their data and render the devices inoperable if they’re lost or stolen will be obligatory in all the smartphones. It will follow the tradition: Apple already has its “Activation Lock” feature in iOS 7; both Apple and Google have software features that allow users to track lost or stolen devices. By estimate, this kill-switch feature could save buyers $2.6 billion a year.

Indoor Location Technology

Apple advances with a technology allowing for much more accurate indoor location detection and mapping, even in the absence of GPS. Technically, it’s a combination of Wi-Fi access points and location databases that determine proximity to “presence areas.” It then analyzes various data, such as Wi-Fi signal strength and building architecture, to determine a more precise location of a target.

In iOS 7, Apple has already added support for iBeacons, which use Bluetooth LE to accurately determine location, for instance, in retail stores. The giant also acquired WiFiSLAM; its technology determines location using Wi-Fi signals. One more acquisition is PrimeSense; it makes the sensors in the Kinect and boasts great mapping technology.

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Strange Applications

There are cases when the new app isn’t as new as it’s positioned. Take, for instance, the so-called ‘transparent texting”, a feature that could allow iMessage users to safely walk around while texting. Technologically speaking, it is based upon live video that is fed from the iPhone’s built-in camera and serves as the background for text messages. (By the way, do you know that today you can spy on text messages? )The user feels they are typing on a transparent screen, seeing dangers ahead of them and underfoot. It turned out that in 2009, Type&Walk app offered the same idea; it was followed by a couple more apps on Android. Right now, there is an official Apple patent for this concept, but no one knows when (and whether!) it will be implemented.

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