The Lore About Touch And Type

When The Iphone came,It did away with a physical keypad with its touchscreen and easy to use interface.While this worked really well for the average consumer,businessmen and Corporate professionals found this as an inconvenience as they had to type around 200 smses a day and their fingers were always pressing the wrong button.So they slowly moved to blackberry phones which offered a qwerty keypad.

My point here is that people get carried away with touchscreens.You should

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Touch and type

not just buy a device because it is touchsceen. Pick the one which best suits your needs.Businessmen will need touch and type whereas the average consumer would prefer a touchscreen.

Over the years,nokia has introduced a whole new type of touch and type.Its a resistive touch with a  normal keypad.Its not even qwerty.This type of phone is a pure inconvenience.Period.It offers the worst from both worlds.A resistive and not capacitive touch and a normal not qwerty keyboard.So why do people buy these phones?Simply because they must have heard from someone that touch and type is the best of both worlds.This article means to break that belief.

Touch and type is good,But dont get carried away.Pick the phone that suits your needs.

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Apple Stock Crashes to New Low

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Its Apple news time again folks!Now,Apple’s Stock has crashed down to a new low.The Galaxy Planet did story a few days back about how apple was on the downslide.Now its no longer a unbelieveable theory.Apple’s  stock has been steadily decreasing in value since the launch of the iphone5.Shares have now gone down by twenty five percent and the fall doesnt show any signs of abating anytime soon.Today apple’s stocks were at a six month low.

But Apple is still a force to reckon with!Dont think for a moment that apple cant recover!Dont count apple out of the game yet….there might be more to come………………….

Samsung S3 is Q3 Champ!

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The Galaxy S3 has overtaken the iphone 4s to becomke the highest selling smartphone for Q3 2012,says Strategy Analytics.Samsung sold 18  million S3 ‘s and claimed the spot.Apple shipped 16.2 million for a close second.But there is another factor.THe Iphone 5 has just been released and it pretty popular,to say the least.Will the iphone5 trump the S3 in the next quarter?Its very likely.Samsung will need to pull up their socks if they want to keep the top spot.The S3 has an 11 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally.

Debacles in the Tech World

The Tech World has its fair share odf debacles now and then.Two of the biggest ones are as follows.

The Nokia Lumia 920 Debacle

The Nokia Lumia 920,is looking to be a top of the line smartphone.It ships with an awesome camera with advanced tech like pureview technology and Optical Image Stabilisation.To demonstrate the effectiveness of these technologies,Nokia released an ad.The ad shows a couple riding bicycles and one person filming the other.The ad gives the impression that the video is taken purely on the Lumia 920’s Camera and,had that been true,it would have been amazing.However,Check out the clip below, and notice what happens around the 25-second mark: The camera passes in front of a reflective window, giving the viewer a clear shot of a burly camera man shooting from a moving van.So,obviously,when it was noticed,nokia had to apologize.This wouold have probably badly affected the main USP of the Lumia 920.

The Apple Maps Debacle

If there is one thing we all know about apple,Its that they like to do everything on their own.Apple recently released an app called Apple maps,which was supposed to challenge google maps.As it turned out,Apple maps was far from ready,let alone challenge google maps.What with roads dunking into the sea,Bridges,Collapsing,Location errors and what not,The Apple Maps were a total flop.Apple fired Scott Forstall,the man responsible for this,but the damage had been done,and booting out an employee wont help.Tim Cook personally wrote a letter:

To our customers,

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.

There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.

Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.

Tim Cook
Apple’s CEO

Apple removes emoji apps from app store

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Emoji (Photo credit: schoschie)

In a shocking new move,Apple has begun filtering out apps in the app store whose sole purpose is to offer emoji characters,citing native support for emoji as the reason for removal.
Emoji characters,which are those cute little smiley faces very popular with the texting generation have been in use for quite a while now.A leaked letter from apple to a developer goes as follows:
Hello [removed],
We are writing to let you know your app, [removed], has been removed from the App Store because it is no longer needed to unlock Emoji.
Since iOS 6 now provides Emoji support to all users, your app is no longer in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines
2.12 Apps that are not very useful, are simply web sites bundled as apps, or do not provide any lasting entertainment value may be rejected
If you have questions about the removal of your application, please contact App Review at appreview@apple.com. Please include the App ID and the name of your application in your email.
Thank you and best regards,
App Review
Well thats apple’s stand on the matter.Its also peculiar that they  have written ios6 as emoji support was added in ios5 and not ios6.Apple will recieve some flak for this as users of ios4 and below will now have to make do without emoji.The filtering process will take time as a quick search for emoji currently returns around 1000 results.
The developers have responded angrily to this new move as can be seen from their twitter updates below:
Just got email form Apple saying they’ve removed Feathers (Visage, the Facebook version) from App Store ’cos “iOS 6 now supports Emoji” What on earth??—
Aral Balkan (@aral) November 02, 2012

It looks like Apple is preparing to cull all the emoji apps from the App Store, on the grounds that iOS 6 has that functionality built in.—
Paul Hudson (@twostraws) November 02, 2012

Emoji app removed from app store 0_0 k thanks:P—
Max (@MaxHasADHD) November 02, 2012

Warning, new reason to get your app taken off the store: mention “emoji.”—
Andrew Pouliot (@andpoul) November 02, 2012

If you’d just LOOKED at the app instead of just searching for “emoji” in the store you’d know it’s not true.twitpic.com/b9htn0

garooɹɐƃ (@garoo) November 02, 2012
So,will emoji apps be missed?not much but the ios4 users now have a reason to complain.