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Path CEO grilled by Tim Cook and Apple over privacy

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Last month it was discovered that the popular social network Path was uploading entire address books — including email addresses, names and phone numbers — to its external servers. Path’s actions were a direct violation of Apple’s terms of agreement, and the Cupertino-based company was apparently not happy. Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek reported on Thursday that Path co-founder Dave Morin was hauled into Apple’s headquarters and grilled by CEO Tim Cook and other executives on the matter. Apple remained silent as other developers were called out for stealing users’ contact data, but the company finally issued a statement claiming that “any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release.”

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Microsoft job opening hints at forthcoming backup / restore features for Windows Phone

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

The current state of performing backups for Windows Phone is far from ideal, although a new job posting from Microsoft suggests that a better solution may be coming to the smartphone platform in its next major software release. According to a job posting from the monolith in Redmond, the company is seeking a talented employee to join its Windows Phone Backup, Migrate and Restore team. The listing goes on to state, “Our goal is to ensure that no matter if someone loses their phone, drops their phone in a lake … a user can quickly and seamlessly get their phone back to a good state.” Whether this involves backup to the cloud, or simply more robust features within the Zune software is never explicitly stated, although Microsoft does suggest it aims to leapfrog the competition in this arena. Not a moment too soon, either.

Microsoft job opening hints at forthcoming backup / restore features for Windows Phone originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Dec 2011 08:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Twitter to be integrated in the system-level in iOS 5?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Both Daring Fireball and TechCrunch are reporting that Apple’s iOS 5, the next major software release for Apple’s mobile devices, will integrate Twitter (and most likely Facebook, with possibly other social services) at the system-level, offering up unique social experiences beyond just simple photo-sharing. TechCrunch has heard:

We’ve heard from multiple sources that Twitter is likely to have a big-time partner for such a service: Apple. Specifically, we’re hearing that Apple’s new iOS 5 will come with an option to share images to Twitter baked into the OS. This would be similar to the way you can currently share videos on YouTube with one click in iOS. Obviously, a user would have to enable this feature by logging in with their Twitter credentials in iOS. There would then be a “Send to Twitter” option for pictures stored on your device.

Though Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber adds the cayenne pepper on top of the original report:

So close to the bigger story, but yet so far. Imagine what else the system could provide if your Twitter account was a system-level service.

We’ll all see how this shakes out in under a week from now.

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LookTel Money Reader: The iPhone as a tool for the blind [video]

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

In January 2009, legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder went to the Consumer Electronics Show and asked companies to consider the blind when building their wares. At the time, Wonder had the iPhone in mind — and Apple would answer the call. The company made its popular smartphone much more accessible to the blind in its subsequent software release by adding a great VoiceOver feature. According to recent rumors, the iPhone could soon become even more accessible thanks to the introduction of more robust voice controls. But developers are doing their part as well, and one in particular recently released an application that helps emphasize the kind of power smartphones have to make people’s lives easier.

Los Angeles-based LookTel has built an app called Money Reader, which has a single purpose: the app reads American paper currency and repeatedly speaks the value of each bill it sees. The goal of the app is to allow people with severe visual impairments or blindness to easily identify and count bills, and it succeeds. In its current state, the app can identify $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills. It is not compatible with coins because current camera technology simply can’t capture enough contrast on them to provide a consistent and reliable experience.

The app is also smart. In low-light conditions, it will automatically activate the flash (if a flash is available). And the bill recognition was instant and flawless in our tests. Either side of a bill can be shown to the camera, and bills can be flat, wrinkled, spread out or folded — we’ve yet to find a way to stump Money Reader. Even with just a tiny corner of a bill in view of the camera, the app immediately repeats its value until the bill is removed from sight.

Money Reader is still in its infancy and we’re going to see some great new features added in the future. We spoke with the developer and one of our immediate questions was, what about foreign currency and international users? Interestingly, LookTel pointed out that it initially thought there would be no need to support foreign currencies because bills are often different sizes and many currencies have braille on the corners. But it turned out that wasn’t the case. “We’ve already had an influx of users asking for it, and explaining that even though foreign currency is technically accessible, it is still challenging to identify and that foreign users want LookTel Money Reader,” LookTel’s Eyal Binshtock told BGR. The company is also considering some other useful features, such as a vibration ID mode that will allow users to identify bills without audio feedback.

Money Reader is available immediately in the App Store for $1.99, which is a small price to pay for such a powerful utility. It is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the fourth-generation iPod touch, as all are equipped with cameras.

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New goodies found in iOS 4.3; multitouch gestures for iPad, more

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Following news that iOS 4.3 beta 1 has been seeded to developers, Apple’s servers are no doubt being hammered by anxious developers looking to explore all the new features. We pinged a few of our dev friends for feedback on new additions they’ve found and here’s what we have so far:

  • Personal hotspot capabilities for GSM devices — as we exclusively reported earlier today
  • AirPlay support for third-party native apps and third-party Web apps
  • Redesigned FaceTime icon
  • Multi-touch gesture support for iPad — “This beta release contains a preview of new Multi-Touch gestures for iPad. You can use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen; swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar; and swipe left or right between apps. We are providing this preview before releasing them to the public to understand how these gestures work with your apps.”
  • Configurable slide switch for iPad — users can now decide whether the hardware switch above the volume rocker on the iPad controls mute or rotation lock
  • iAd full screen banners on the iPad — bigger ads… just what iPad users have been clamoring for

Interestingly, iOS 4.3 appears to also have dropped support for Apple second-generation iPhone — the iPhone 3G — and its second-generation iPod touch. This could make the current build Apple’s final software release for these devices.

UPDATE: Several readers have emailed us to point out that enthusiast blog iSpazio may have uncovered a little gem. References to the following effects have been found in the iOS 4.3 code, and they might be introduced as live video effects for video capture and FaceTime calls:

  • Thermal Camera
  • X-ray
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Normal
  • Tunnel of Light
  • Collapse
  • Turbine
  • Enlarge

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Samsung Fascinate Known Issues document leaks

Friday, September 10th, 2010

One of our Verizon Wireless connects has nicely sent us over an internal “known issues” list for the recently launched Samsung Fascinate. Some of the issues are a little troublesome, and others are pretty harmless. Here are a couple issues we have pulled out of the document:

  • Alert Notifications:
 There is no option to change the Calendar alert notification. 
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue.
  • Blank Screen: 
If you are on a call and a second call comes in, you get the correct Caller ID information. If you answer the second call, the caller ID screen goes blank and does not show any caller information. 
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
  • Email Sync: 
In some cases exchange e-mail and yahoo mail can stop syncing
Short term work around: The user can manually sync
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue will be included in the MR 1 release for this device.
  • Exchange ActiveSync Security Lock:
 The EAS security lock may be invoked earlier then the timer is set for.
  • Google and Bing Maps Latency:
 It has been reported that it takes longer then other devices to get GPS location information when using Google and Bing maps. 
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
  • Call Disconnect:
If you are on a call or in the process of receiving an incoming call and you press the search button the call may be disconnected.

For the entire laundry list of open issues with the Fascinate, hit the jump! Let’s see how many of these are fixed with the first maintenance software release.

Bluetooth

Known Issues

Car Kit Connect:
In some rare occasions when connected to the 2009 Mercedes Benz AMG C63 car kit the car kit will announce “Connect…. ready…. connect…. ready…. connect….”.
Short term work around: Power the device off and then back on and pair with the car again
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Backlight Timeout:
When on a call using Bluetooth and the backlight times out you have to unlock the screen to end the call
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Car Kit Contact Sync:
When syncing contacts to a 2010 Toyota Prius, only phone contacts and not EAS contacts sync.
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Calendar

Known Issues

Alert Notifications:
There is no option to change the Calendar alert notification
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue.
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Call Waiting Caller ID

Known Issues

Blank Screen:
If you are on a call and a second call comes in, you get the correct Caller ID information. If you answer the second call, the caller ID screen goes blank and does not show any caller information.
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Display

Known Issues

Soft Key Backlight:
The backlight on the 4 bottom buttons (menu, home, back, and search) only stay on for 5 seconds. These do not correspond with screen timeout settings.
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue.
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

E-mail

Known Issues

No Message Delete Status:
When deleting e-mails there is no status indication that this is taking place so users may feel that the device is locked up when it is just actively deleting e-mails
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Email Sync:
In some cases exchange e-mail and yahoo mail can stop syncing
Short term work around: The user can manually sync
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue will be included in the MR 1 release for this device.

Snyc Error:
In some cases when the screen goes dark while syncing the device will display the error “unable to open connection to server”.
Short term work around: The user can manually sync
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue will be included in the MR 1 release for this device.

Exchange Security Policy Email Password:
There is no ability to change the device password after Exchange security policy is applied. There is no password option in the Location & Security settings menu, only swipe unlock settings
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Exchange ActiveSync Security Lock Screen:
When the EAS security is invoked, a new lock screen is introduced. Also the unlock icons do not line up with the border of the wallpaper.
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Exchange ActiveSync Security Lock:
The EAS security lock may be invoked earlier then the timer is set for.
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

New Account Sync Frequency Default:
When a user sets up a Pop 3 e-mail account on the device the default e-mail sync frequency is defaulted to never.
Short term work around: The user should change this setting to every hour
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue will be included in the MR 1 release for this device.

Corporate Email Policy Special Characters:
When Corporate email policies require the device to have a password, special characters are not supported
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Corporate Email Inbox Error:
In some cases users may receive the error “Unable to open connection to server” intermittently when attempting to refresh their corporate email inbox
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue will be included in the MR 1 release for this device.

Feed and Widget Updates

Known Issues

No Updates:
In some cases feeds and widgets do not update
Short term work around: In this case users may need to manually request the update
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

FOTA (Over The Air Upgrade)

Known Issues

Not Available via Wi-Fi:
If the device is in WIFI mode you will not be able to access the over the air software update system (FOTA).
Short term work around: You will need to turn off WIFI in order to access the FOTA system
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

GPS

Known Issues

Google and Bing Maps Latency:
It has been reported that it takes longer then other devices to get GPS location information when using Google and Bing maps
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Google Market Place

Informative Notifications

When downloading applications they are added to the end of the apps list and not integrated within the preload applications. Applications are sorted chronologically, not alphanumerically. (By download date /Time).

Hot Spot Application

Known Issues

Connected Devices Aren’t Listed:
The Device doesn’t show you who is connected to 3G Mobile Hotspot feature
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue.
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Blocked (covered) Screen Sections:
After entering a new Password for the 3G Mobile Hotspot feature, the white bar above the keyboard blocks the “Save” and “Cancel” buttons making them difficult to press unless the “Return” Soft Key is pressed.
Short term work around: Users should hit the return soft key
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

No Hidden Password:
There is no way to hide the 3G Mobile Hotspot password while typing characters.
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Initial Activation

Known Issues

No Initial Reboot Warning:
When setting up the device for the first time, after you do the OTA via *228 option 1 it successfully programs and reboots the device however there is no reboot warning message displayed.
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Mass storage or Media sync modes

Known Issues

Change Settings Prior To Connect:
Prior to connecting your device to a PC you have to go into the Settings > USB settings menu in order to choose Mass storage or Media sync modes.
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue.
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Messaging

Known Issues

VVM Message Fails:
In some rare cases when you try to send a message after receiving a VVM notification, the message will fail.
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue will be included in the MR 1 release for this device.

No Message Delivery Acknowledgement:
There is no option for Message delivery acknowledgement
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Extended Message (EMS) Delivery:
When the i500 receives an extended message (EMS) , greater then 160 characters, it is broken into (at least) two segments. These usually arrive in the Inbox as “1/2″ and “2/2″
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Informative Notifications

Using a Call Back number in SMS messaging is not supported. You can however click on the contact name of a received message to view contact information

There is no option to preview an MMS message.

There is no option to set a Priority for messaging

There is no option to re-send a message

You can not send a V-card using messaging

Music On Demand (MOD)

Informative Notifications

When playing audio and the alarm clock sounds, the audio does not stop playing

PDF Attachments

Known Issues

Cannot Open PDF Attachments Directly From Email:
PDF attachments sent in email have no “Open” option in the email. Attachments can be saved and opened outside the email
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue.
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Picture Gallery

Known Issues

Force Close:
In some rare occasions opening pictures causes the device to force close the application.
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue.
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Playing Music or Audio Files

Known Issues

Service Notification:
If you are playing music or other audio files and you go out of service with the device the audio stops playing when the out of service notification is received
Short term work around: The user will need to start playing the file again
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

License Acquisition Failure:
When attempting to download a song from the V Cast Music with Rhapsody App and you are using an SD card from another device you may get an error message saying “”Download Incomplete. License Acquisition Failure. Retry Download?”
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Searching While on a Call

Known Issues

Call Disconnect:
If you are on a call or in the process of receiving an incoming call and you press the search button the call may be disconnected.
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue will be included in the MR 1 release for this device.

Sync Contacts

Known Issues

Same Number Listed Multiple Times:
When syncing contacts from multiple sources, contacts with the same name will be combined but the actual numbers are not compared so you may have the same number listed more then once under a contact
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue.
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Visual Voicemail

Known Issues

Status Bar Does Not Update:
In some cases the Visual Voicemail status bar will not be updated when a new message is received. The home screen bubble count, phone screen bubble count and inbox do get updated correctly.
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue will be included in the MR 1 release for this device.

Icon Does Not Update:
After listening to a message then deleting it, the Icon is not updated on the home screen. The user has to manually refresh the mailbox for the icon to update.
Short term work around: The user will have to manually refresh the mailbox
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Login Keyboard:
Visual Voicemail login uses a full qwerty keyboard instead of a dial pad.
Short term work around: There is no short term work around for this issue
Planned Resolution: A fix for this issue is under review for inclusion in a future MR.

Informative Notifications

New Visual Voice Mail message plays automatically without User selection of play key.

The I500 is designed so that no audible alert or vibration is indicated for an SMS, MMS, Email or VVM message during a voice call.

VZ Navigator

Informative Notifications

You can not run the VZnavigator application when in WIFI mode

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Apple to charge upgrade fee for iPads moving to iOS 4? (update: unlikely)

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

As if waiting around until fall to get iOS 4 weren’t enough of a downer for iPad owners, the latest rumor we’re hearing is that they’ll have to pay a fee in order to do so. That’s right, for the privilege of waiting patiently to get some semblance of multitasking on your slate device, you’ll have to pony up the cash — or so the story goes. Stuff has it on strong authority from app developers in the know that Apple will be asking for a (relatively small) tithe from those wishing to update their iPads when the leaves start turning amber. We’d advise keeping the pitchforks stowed for now — at least until there’s some solid corroboration for this — but then it’s not like Apple hasn’t done this before.

Update: Apple’s iPad licensing docs have been known to carry a provision that the “next major iPad OS software release” will be free, although iOS 4 and the word “free” do not happen to coincide in the same sentence — overall though, that renders this rumor rather less likely to materialize.

Apple to charge upgrade fee for iPads moving to iOS 4? (update: unlikely) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Jul 2010 06:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint stops pushing EVO 4G update, will resume shortly

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

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It appears as though Sprint has stopped pushing out the over-the-air EVO 4G update released to its customers just yesterday. In an official statement, Sprint wrote:

While the vast majority of consumers successfully downloaded and installed the most recent HTC EVO 4G software update, we have received a handful of reports from customers having some issues with the update. In light of this, HTC and Sprint have decided to temporarily halt distribution of this software release until we can investigate further. We expect to be able to resume software updates shortly.

Shortly after the updates release, rumors began flying around the internet about “bricked” handsets after the new code had been applied. True or not, it looks like Sprint isn’t taking any chances with its flagship handset.

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