Archive for the ‘iPhone Apps’ Category

Feb 15

Those who are using Smartphones are already familiar with the software applications that reads book contacts. Unfortunately, not all applications require the user’s permission and some of them loads the data in their servers without using a secure protocol.

Among the important applications of the iPhone which download contact names, phone numbers and email addresses of contacts is including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Yelp and Gowalla. It may sound normal to us given that we are always connected with our friends, but not all require permission.

When you are using applications based on social circles of friends, it makes sense to provide the application connect with friends who use it. On the other hand, not everyone in your address book have Twitter or Facebook account. Agenda, with phone numbers and your email is copied entirely on the application server used. There can be two problems related to data taken and how they are transmitted.

It is common sense that the manufacturer of an application does not use your phone number and email from your book for other activities not strictly related to the application. Nobody wants to get email addresses in databases, which sold for $ 100 spammers. A second problem is transmitting the book data to the server. Some applications encrypts data and then send or use a secure data connection. Others did not bother to do any of the above. Contact names, phone numbers and email addresses are put into a text file that is then sent through an insecure data channel.

The source developers have introduced some popular applications – a dialog box asking the user permission to access calendar data. This is a first step. Apple is sure to test and approve applications available in the AppStore, but there were several problems with applications that have passed this filter. The problem is even greater applications for Android, which are not blocked by any authority.

Feb 10

Zong application is available on Android Market and the App Store since launch. The application can be accessed only if you have a premium account with 4.99 euros/month.

Unlike Grrooveshark competitor, the application is available in the AppStore and you don’t nedd Jailbreak to listen to unlimited and legally music.

The application of the iOS provides a search across available audio library that is updated continuously. Player performed flawlessly, even on EDGE connection, with little delay before the song start, not during, as is the case if you get stuck in the middle of YouTube video. Smart Radio lets you listen to random songs, but in all kinds of music (the radio function is available on PC genres). You can easily create a playlist on your mobile phone, not just the Zong site.

Zong application unlike other streaming applications available on mobile phones offers two very useful functions. One of the functions is data counter warns you when you reach a certain volume of data. A second useful feature is available on iOS 5 at least and to change tracks and control volume directly from the lock screen menu without having to open the Zong.

Zong application is created by iQuest Technologies company and the IOS version is only available in AppStore.

Dec 22

Because for Apple the market from China is extremely important because there generate a great deal of company revenues. We not talk just about the actual sales and purchases of products but because of China App Store download almost as many applications as the U.S., when we talk about the iPad tablets.

At the downloading made on iPhone devices the difference is greater on the figures but if we see that in the U.S. and China are separated by only a few percent and Apple increased discharges of China it means a large increase in revenues.

The information are coming from the Distimo company that announce that a half of the profit for the iPhone’s App Store is generated by 200 free applications that through the freemium model generate very good profit for developers. In-app purchase is those that bring big money for Apple and those of Distimo figures speak for themselves.

The company made a top that lists the best applications of 2011 and ranks on first place Angry Birds which is available on many platforms and generates profit for its producers. Interestingly, in this top 10 there is any applications that are available on all major mobile platforms.

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Nov 24

Find My iPhone is a free service offered by Apple that allows iDevice owners to locate their device on the map, to block it, send a message to him and remove the entire contents if it is necessary. Apple has designed this service in the idea of helping users to find a lost or a stolen iPhone, and with the application help were caught thieves, were rescued victims of aviation incident and of course found many iPhones.

The service requires that your iDevice to have GPS on all the time and have an active internet connection to allow taking orders. I can say that I do not use the application “Find My iPhone” because the battery life is pretty much affected when GPS is always kept open and I prefer to have a good range instead of always being accessible on a map.

For others the autonomy falls secondary to the security offered by “Find My iPhone”, and I wonder how good the service is. I write a few months ago an article about “Find My iPhone”, so I come with the next question: How useful is for you the service “Find My iPhone”?

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Nov 05

iOS 5 has brought very many changes for users and developers, but a good portion of them were presented by Apple. One very important has to do with how the application saves the data in cache and how the cache is deleted. Apple has iOS 5 removal system cache automatically when the available space from our device falls below a certain value. When that value is reached, the system goes off and deletes all the cache with all data from it. With iOS 5 this does not happen and in cache were stored important data and saved by Instapaper, for example, to read offline.

A common scenario: an Instapaper customer is stocking up an iPad for a long flight. She syncs a bunch of movies and podcasts, downloads some magazines, and buys a few new games, leaving very little free space.

Basically iOS 5 delete all the cache along with data from device when the available space reaches a certain value. In iOS 5 Apple solved the problem by giving users the developers can mark certain files so that removal system to move over them and leave them in the system. Change is important because in applications such as Instapaper saved articles will remain there but the same little thing is going to happen and many other data available in our iDevice.

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