The Swell Radio Application belongs to Apple Now

We have come to witness a period in which big enterprises find it easier to buy other small companies and businesses than to put them up by themselves. This practice has been used by Google numerous times. Apple has decided to go for the same strategy although it is trying to be less aggressive than Google.

Some recent reports claim than Apple wants to purchase Swell for the price of 30 million US dollars. For those who do not know, Swell is an internet radio. There are high chances for Swell to be used in order to improve the offers of Apple iTunes Radio. However, Swell will be centered on talk shows and less on music.

For the time being, Swell is utilized by famous news stations like the BBC, ABC, ESPN and other station which are less popular with the public. There are very high chances for the Swell radio to be part of the bigger iTune Radio Service provided by Apple.

The most important Swell radio application is going to be closed down towards the end of the week. The Swell team will move their offices to the Apple headquarters. The two companies will offer the same radio services, turning the deal into an acqui-hire.

Apple’s recent actions like the purchase of Beats Audio for 3 billion US dollars or of Swell for the sum of 30 million US dollars hints towards the company’s desire to offer phone and tablets users more entertainment possibilities.

For the time being, nobody knows for sure the amount of time that Swell will be in standby. Moreover, little is known about Apple’s plans and intentions with its newly acquired business.

The Apple-IBM Team creates Worries for Microsoft and the Companies’ Partners

The electronics domain had been taken aback by the partnership of the former rivals Apple and IBM. This association has created a lot of concern not only for Microsoft and Blackberry but also for the partners of IBM and Apple.

However, the two companies have high expectations from their joint venture. Most of the details of this partnership are known only to Apple and IBM. For this reason the resellers working with Apple are a bit worried about their future collaboration with the company.

Andy Nunez, director of services employed by Liberty Tech, is concerned about the future of his company located in Griffin. He remembers how his company had to wait for its turn in order to receive the famous iPad 4. The bigger Apple partners received the tablet first. Nunez also claims that larger companies working with Apple have received higher revenue shares than his company. Nunez considers IBM a competitor not a partner and complains about the pricing structure of Apple hardware that leaves little income to small companies.

But not all are as upset as Andy Nunez. Bob Venero, the CEO of Holbrook a partner company of both Apple and IBM, hopes that this new partnership will give Apple what it takes in order to win the enterprise area and defeat Microsoft. Nonetheless, Venero is a bit concerned because the details of the deal have not been made public yet. Venero hopes that Apple will not work exclusively with IBM and leave aside its former partners.

Rival companies have more reasons to get worried. Blackberry might be completely wiped out in spite of its HIPAA devices and experience in the enterprise domain. Obviously, there is no need to point out that the financial problems that Blackberry has been experiencing recently are not helpful at all.

The IBM-Apple team has to face Microsoft and its latest “cloud first, mobile first”. Mark Skilton, a reputed professor employed by the Warwick Business School considers that this so unpredictable alliance might turn into a huge challenge for Microsoft and the newly taken over Nokia.

Skilton considers that Microsoft might have serious problems with its attempts to have the lions share from both enterprise and consumer markets. He points out that Amazon is also tackling the market with its Amazon Fire Phone and with its reading devices. Skilton says that Microsoft should definitely pay more attention as it has the example of Facebook which has failed in its attempts to introduce its phone on the market.

The Cyan Upgrade Hits all Lumia Smart Phones

Smart Phone users having a Nokia Windows Phone will no longer need to go through various hoops so as to obtain their Windows Phone 8.1 update since this is available for all users now.

Nokia has announced that the upgrade will be running on all Lumia smart phones running on Windows Phone 8, in the following weeks. All users will receive a notification when the upgrade is going to be available. However, any Lumia user can verify the upgrade status of his/her smart phone of the official Nokia site. The majority of phones belonging to US users are for the time being labeled as “under testing”.

Starting with the month of April, Microsoft has permitted to everybody to install the Windows Phone 8.1 upgrade. They just had to sing up in order to receive a developer preview. In spite of its simplicity, this process voids for a certain period of time the users’ warranties. Moreover, it leaves out all the additional features belonging to the telephone manufacturer.

The Lumia Cyan upgrade allows Nokia to deliver some extra features besides the one already given by Windows Phone 8.1. Thus, the Nokia officials claim that the upgraded has simplified the interface for the camera applications and as a consequence the pictures are much easier to share and edit. Moreover, the Camera Roll offers a direct access to the editing tools belonging to the Nokia Creative Studio, number 6. The Device Hub has the purpose to make the connection with other products.

The users of Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520 are receiving some upgrades to their cameras. These include richer colors, non-stop autofocus, improvements of the RAW DNG image and better low light performance. Nokia claims that its team is working in order to improve the audio aspect in videos with the help of the Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 which will be backed up by Nokia Rich Recording.

The Windows Phone 8.1 is an important upgrade which has a gesture type keyboard and a virtual assistant. Other new features include a drop down bar created for notifications and for the quick settings. To all these, we have to mention the numerous improvements done to various applications.

Apple No Longer Holds the Patent of Siri Functions on the Chinese Territory

The electronic company has decided to present its case to higher powers in an attempt to change the verdict that gives advantage to the Zhizhen Technology located in Shanghai. Reports point out that the world famous electronic company has lost its patent case of Siri on the Chinese territory.

The company known as Zhizhen Internet Technology has managed to win the patent infringement law suit over Apple. The First Intermediate Court of Beijing decided that Siri, one of the many virtual personal assistants employed by Apple, was actually infringing a patent of speech recognition belonging to Zhizhen.

In 2012, Zhizhen took Apple into court, claiming that Siri that was used with iPhones was severely violating the voice recognition technology belonging to Zhizhen. Siri permits users to ask various questions to a virtual personal assistant which in its turn gives the desired answers. The patent is not so much about how Siri functions but about the method employed to recognize and analyse a person’s voice.

Apple claimed in a statement for Reuters that it had no idea about the patent belonging to Zhizhen before the company actually took legal actions. Apple declared that it did not consider that its employed technology infringed the Zhizhen intellectual property. Apple said that it wanted to take all the matter further but at the same time it did not dismiss the possibility settle down an out of the court arrangement with Zhizhen.

Siri is not at its first appearance in front of the judges. Thus, Apple had serious issues over the technology used on Siri with some other companies and organizations like Samsung and a Taiwanese university. But up till now Siri has not been forbidden to function.

The Apple Rumors Stormed Up the Web

Every week, there are many gossipy tidbits, reports as well as patent filings which indicate what is leaving Cupertino next. Some are genuine, yet others are completely fake. As usual we have managed to pars the bits of gossip, positioning them from “totally absurd” to “obviously.”

Fake Rumor: iPhone Air will be launched on September 25th

The end of the month of September and the beginning of the month of October is expected to be the period of time when Apple is going to launch on the market its new product.

As indicated by a report, September the 25th appears to be the date the following iPhone could be dispatched to stores following a September the 15th declaration. This appears doubtful as Apple normally dispatches items on a Friday while the 25th falls on Thursday this year. It seems that the bigger 5.5-inch version is going to be named “iPhone Air”. Calling the bigger version the Air would definitely separate it from the “general” iPhone 6.

Fake Rumor: the Mockups can offer an approximation of the design characteristic for the iPhone 6

A report coming from Japan claims that the most recent mockups can give a harsh approximation of what the following iPhone ought to look like. All the more vitally, they apparently offer a superior feeling of the antenna location in this new telephone. What are the purposes of the stripes on the back of the new iPhones? Those evidently should not be stripes, but instead they indicate zones where glass will be utilized rather than aluminum, much the same as in the iPhone 5 S. In the event that the stripes are really present, they will be made of extremely polished glass. This type of glass is absolutely necessary for the iPhone’s reception apparatuses to transmit and accept information. Glass was preferred because aluminum hinders all signals. This report likewise claims the world famous Apple logo on the back of the iPhone will be a bit changed, cut out of aluminum, and the glass might be bent. A craftsman gave his version of the iPhone 6 looks in an offhand photograph set of mockups.

Possibile: the photos taken with the iPhone 6 will have a front glass appear

Truly exact the electronic giant leaker Sonny Dickson has managed to send to 9to5mac a series photographs of presumable glass plate of the following iPhone. The glass plates in the photos are the white and black alternatives of the famous 4.7-inch model. As far as these pictures go, the future iPhone will be somewhat more extensive than iPhone 5/5s, and much longer. The main outline contrast from current iPhones is an opening on the left side of one front speaker, which might house a sensor or a Facetime type camera. We are approaching the iPhone’s much awaited dispatch, so leaks have higher chances of matching the truth.

Possible: the Earbud design might bring improvements to fidelity

Patent and Trademark Office granted the electronic company a new patent for the earbud adaptation of ‘plasma speakers’. In this kind of speaker, a gas (for e.g. helium) is utilized behind the speaker’s cone that vibes, duplicating sounds more precisely than the typical air would do. But this can happen only if the barometric weight is controlled (sudden modification in the pressure of the air can result in the damage of the diagram of the speaker). Apple would solve this problem with the help of a vented type cavity where the air could be compacted to modify for the air pressure in the surrounding environment.

Possible: the new technology used for the display willmake the iPhone 6 slimmer

Apple enjoys creating its items as slender as possible. Thus, it is not astonishing to listen that the organization will attempt to make the following iPhone even skinnier. One way Apple will do this is through utilizing one and not two display layers for enhancing brightness. This modification of the design might determine a series yield issues because that layer needs to be qualitative enough to do the work of two. The report claims that Apple will keep on using in-cell display engineering.  Like other late reports, this one also states that Apple is going to start large scale manufacture of the iPhone soon, and it will be dispatched sooner or later in September.

Possible: the authentication settings might be changed on the basis of the location

While this is simply a patent application of Apple, it bodes well as a conceivable future advancement of iOS: Apple could modify the interface as well as the security levels of a user’s ell phone relying upon the user’s area. When the user is in his/her home, the gadget would have a lower level of security, while in a restaurant or shopping center; it would need Touch ID verification before allowing anyone to get inside the gadget. Apple believes these progressions could be actualized without putting at risk the security of the gadgets, and it would positively make things more advantageous for the client.

True: the main feature of iWatch is going to be its voice messaging

This year, Apple presented another voice messaging characteristic as a major aspect of iOS 8, which allows clients to record a very short video or audio message and dispatch it to a person in their contact list. After talking to Tim Cook, one specialist believes this might be a key gimmick of Apple’s new iWatch. The voice messaging as well as message transcription are now famous across China, an immense market that Apple wants to concur. The voice transcription characteristic of Google Now is going to be a unique experience. Voice messaging might be a simple and fast method to separate the wearable produced by Apple.

True: the new Apple applications for photos will not display a pro-focused characteristic

Although Apple told Ars Technica that iOS 8 new Photos offer is going to incorporate proficient evaluation characteristics, it appears that the application will not have the kind of editing advanced tools needed by professionals. The images available on the web point out that the application will be based on more common picture editing characteristics.

Fantastic News for Online Shoppers: the “Buy Now” Twitter Button

In the attempt to charm its financial gurus and demonstrate that it is equipped for producing advertisement income, Twitter has been testing new aspects that could provide it with a better income. A gimmick we have been hearing for a long is the ‘Buy Now’ amazing button straightforwardly installed into a tweet.

A two month old Wall Street Journal report had said that the micro-blogging website was trying various promotion sorts including “shoppable” Twitter advertisements. Presently, Re/Code has detected a few tweets that have been implanted with the help of the “Purchase Now” new button that redirected clients to the Fancy shopping site. For the time being the button can be found on the portable application, but not on the UI web.

A “Buy Now” new button inserted inside the tweet could mean that clients would be straightforwardly rerouted to the organization’s store or they could turn into potential regular Twitter buyers, if the organization has the right implicit devices installed. Despite the fact that we would like the last, the first choice has more chances to come true. This appears to be a greatly required move for Twitter to support its income, since brands could utilize the stage for more than simply making themselves aware for the public at large. As it has been pointed out by Mashable, “Adding buying functionalities to Timeline would appear to be a clear win for Twitter. Clients are acquainted with both ads and pictures at this point, so the expansion of a “Buy Now” would not be exceptionally troublesome. It would bring new income streams for Twitter and some of its brand clients.” A button as such might determine clients to linger on the Twitter platform for a more extended period.

The button is going to add Twitter as well since it will definitely boost social media shopping. The sites created for communicating online are known to play an indispensable part in increasing the local e-trade business sector. ‘Twitter Commerce’ as it has been named could further support it. In the past we have seen a few brands collaborate with sites having a social aspect in order to make people aware or promote their items.

Recently, we have run over the new peculiarity called #AmazonCart that permits clients to add Amazon items to their shopping cart without needing to leave Twitter. However, that does not mean that clients could buy items by means of Twitter. The characteristic just saves it into your account record with a choice to request it later. Essentially, it gives you a chance to include an item in your shopping cart, at whatever point you see an Amazon item interface on Twitter. In order to save the item, the client just needs to react and answer to the Amazoncart tweet.

On the other hand, Twitter Commerce aims to be diverse. In the event that some prior unauthorized reports and mockups are to be taken into consideration, then clients may have the capacity to buys items straightforwardly from Twitter. Clients will need to give Twitter their names, locations and all Mastercard data, which, as indicated by the archives, will be “taken care of safely inside the Twitter application.”

Twitter Commerce comments and posts will be similar with another tweets and they will appear in-stream, in the same way as Promoted Tweets. They could additionally appear under Twitter’s Discover area, which would hold the users’ activity concerning their buys on Twitter. Clients can get more insights about the items they acquired and additional data about the dealer.

Twitter is additionally known to be trying the “retweet with comment” feature, which would further permit clients to include their remarks or explanations so as to suggest a certain brand, item or product. This implies that a retweeted message will be transformed into a picture, leaving clients with about 140-characters to express their views, opinions and experience. This could also be one of Twitter’s business plans. With everything taken into account, Twitter is preparing its stage to turn into the following enormous e-commerce place to be.