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Empty States
Craig Dennis on area of app design that gets often overlooked:
Empty states are places in apps that have no content or data. They are empty. A blank page. Traditionally empty states are overlooked as most designers focus on how best to display lots of content or data. It’s common for empty states to be dealt with by developers as they are often caused by exceptions (such as no internet connection). They often write the copy and as a result it can be a little difficult to understand or it is left with the basic styles. Not the best combination. It should be logged as some
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thing that needs designing but that doesn’t always happen.
It gets even worse with apps that deal with errors through text that isn’t localized. In fact, I’d argue that proper localization is another aspect of the app economy that shouldn’t be underestimated anymore (as if it ever could be): with apps available in more than 150 countries, designing for the US market alone is a foolish assumption (unless, of course, an app’s only market is in the US — which is the case with many online services these days).
Empty states can be useful and provide context. Whether it’s a way to instruct users on how to get articles into a read-later app or a cute illustration with a link to How-To pages, empty states should find a balance between their lack of content and presenting on-screen guides.
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Is the iPhone 5 prone to bending? As we told you before there are some problems associated with the outer body of the iPhone 5.
We already posted that iPhone 5 is more prone to scratches as compared to the iPhone 4 and 4S. And now we have found another problem in the iPhone 5. Do you know that your iPhone 5 is bendable?
This news came from a reputed French blog, NoWhereElse, who posted many images of the bended iPhone 5 and the surprising news is that this problem isn’t restricted to only some pieces but it is also very common. This news is further confirmed by a
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n Italian blog, who posted the image of bended iPhone 5 when placed on a flat surface.






This problem can be seen when you accidently sit on your iPhone or put in the back pocket of your trousers.
Some of the modifications made in the iPhone 5 were the metal ring instead of the Aluminum ring which was previously used in the iPhone 4 and 4S. This metal is basically causing this problem and we didn’t any kind of problem with the previous generations of iPhone.
In short, the metal used in iPhone 5 is much softer and flexible due to which users are facing such kind of issues. Have you ever encountered such kind of issue? Don’t hesitate to share your experience in the comments section below.
 






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The introduction of mobile phones gives us an unparalleled connectivity beyond our borders. Developments of mobile applications are increasing as app developments and DIYs programming are proliferating in the market like never before. Small and large enterprises see the potential of mobile platforms, and constant development pushes them to innovate more.
This year, expect more changes and innovation. What the consumers had seen and experienced were just the tip of the iceberg. With the new technologies in the coming months, expect surprising changes in mobile platforms and new
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horizons for app developers and aspiring ones.
Here’s what to expect this 2013:
Mobile Reigns as Champ
Mobile devices are frequently used more than desktops and laptops in this mobile era. There is a possibility that mobile devices could surpass desktop and laptop usage. Everyone is going mobile, and since the dawn of Wi-Fi connectivity, one can get connected to the Internet in an instant. The mobile revolution has changed the productivity of professionals and end consumers locally and globally.
In a recent study, Chitika Insights compared the web usage rates of iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 users. “To quantify our latest study, we conducted a user agent analysis on millions of mobile ad impressions, spanning a 7-day time frame from October 3rdthrough October 9th, 2012,” according to Chitikia Insights. Observing from the impressions coming from the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3, “iPhone 5 has overtaken Samsung Galaxy S3 in terms of Web traffic volume.”
Increase in Enterprise Apps
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend is increasing in the corporate world. There is a possibility that mobile devices can surpass the computers as tools to access the Internet. Analyst David Cappucio laid out 10 ?critical?  trends and technologies impacting IT for the next five years at the Garett IT Symposium Expo. According to Mr. Cappucio, expect the”nexus” of cloud, big data, social and mobile.
In 2014, more than 70 billion app downloads in App Stores are expected according to his report. “We need 24/7/365 global IT support. End users are driving IT; end users demanded access to iPads. Same with iPhone, and other smart phones.” said Mr. Cappucio.
Emergence of NFC
Tech gurus and analysts wonder why Apple hasn’t adapted the NFC (Near Field Communication). While it is beyond the consumers’ understanding why Apple isn’t yet opening its doors, some experts believe that Apple was wise to wait. This technology lets devices communicate with each other when they are close within the parameters. Apple decided to use its mobile payment using the iPhone 5′s Passbook features via bar codes, which runs on the iOS 6 firmware.
Android devices like Samsung Galaxy S3, Droid Razor M and Spectrum 2 by LG are already using this technology. While Apple competitors had threw their hats in the NFC ring, there’s no pressure involved in the other side. “The ecosystem is far from ready from a payment perspective. This doesn’t mean Apple is not interested in NFC,” said Carolina Milanes, an analyst at Gartner, Computer World.
Rapid Change in Mobile Searches
Everyone is going mobile and most end-users are likely to use mobile devices. There will be a rapid change in mobile searches because it is a moving target in this era. Analysts say with the proliferation of mobile search apps in vertical search engines, they could bypass Google. Still, Google remains the King of mobile searches, sharing 96 percent of the world’s mobile search market according to StatCounter.
Claire Cain Miller of The New York Times said, “On cellphones or tablets, for instance, people increasingly skip Google altogether in favor of apps like Flixster for movie times or Kayak for flights.” 
Everything in Mobile
Smartphones and tablets are capable of replacing almost everything – from printed books to iBooks, Kindle readers, flashlights, satellites, radios, cameras, game consoles, MP3 players, Wi-Fi spots to name a few. There will be more innovations that could replace even your newspapers, calendars, wallets and credit cards. And instead of a bulky backpack full of textbooks, books, papers and notebooks, users would only carry the smartphone or tablet.
What do you expect to see this 2013? Are you ready for major disruptive innovations?
This article, Top 5 Mobile Trends to Watch Out, was originally published at simonblog.com.



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As of yesterday, the London Underground is officially 150 years old. Way back on January 10, 1863, London's Tube became the first mass transit underground railway in the world. And what started as just seven stops on one line between Paddington ...

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Earlier today Apple announced on its developer site that from now on the images submitted along with apps will be locked down once they are approved for the App Store. The reasoning behind this being that currently there are too many scammers submitting apps with basic images for approval to Apple, then switching them out to infringing images that look just like the popular apps.
In the past several developers have use this scheme, one example is an app called “Mooncraft,” which leads customers to believe that they are buying a version of the popular game, “Minecra
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ft.”
Of course this doesn’t mean that developers can never change their screenshots, however this will from now on only be possible when releasing a update for their apps.
Apple announced on Wednesday:
“Beginning January 9, app screenshots will be locked in iTunes Connect once your app has been approved. New screenshots may be uploaded when you submit a binary for an update to an existing app or a new app”
What do you think about this move? Is it a step in the right direction for a safer App Store with no fake apps?


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Check out this cool new tweak called Aquaboard that gives you super cool water ripple effects on SpringBoard! Yes, you can now have the live wallpaper effect that’s so popular on Android. Touch anywhere, on icons, on the scroll view, your lockscreen, and ripples appear right where you touched or dragged. The tweak uses OpenGL ES [...]
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RedSn0w 0.9.15b2 can jailbreak iOS 6 on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4G. This new RedSn0w can jailbreak iOS 6 on all A4 or older iPhone and iPod Touch and installs Cydia. These are steps to jailbreak iOS 6 on your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4G using RedSn0w 0.9.15b2.

Notes

RedSn0w 0.9.15b1 provides a tethered iOS 6 jailbreak, except for the iPhone 3GS old bootrom it is untethered. A tethered jailbreak means you will need to connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to a computer each time your reboot. Checkout our detailed post on tether jailbreak, untethered jail
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break to learn more about these.
This jailbreak guide is applicable to A4 or older devices running iOS 6 that includes: iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4G.
iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPod Touch 5G running iOS 6 are not yet supported.

Lets jailbreak iOS 6 on iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs and iPod Touch 4G using RedSn0w.
How to Jailbreak iOS 6 with RedSn0w 0.9.15b
Downloads

Download RedSn0w 0.9.15b2 (Windows or Mac OS)
Download iOS 6 (you do not need to download iOS 6 firmware if you are already on iOS 6)

Step 1
First of all you need to update your iPhone 4, 3GS, or iPod Touch to iOS 6 either manually or Over-The-Air. Checkout our detailed guide on how to update to iOS 6.

Important: If you depend on UltraSn0w or Gevey SIM unlock you MUST follow our guide on how to update to iOS 6 without updating baseband instead.

Step 2
Extract the RedSn0w zip file and run the RedSn0w.

OS X users – use Ctrl-Click and Open if on Mountain Lion for now
Windows – Right-click and  run in Administrator Mode

Make sure that your iPhone 4/3GS or iPod Touch 4G is connected. Now Click on the Jailbreak button.

Step 3
Now Turn OFF you device and click the Next button;

Follow the on-screen instructions to enter DFU mode. Also checkout our guide on how to put iPhone in DFU mode.

Release the Power (corner) button for 3 seconds
Without releasing the Power button, also hold down the Home button for 10 seconds
Without releasing the Hom button, release the Power button BUT keep holding the Home button until RedSn0w detects the device.


RedSn0w will begin exploiting your connected iPhone or iPod Touch with limera1n and then it will begin preparing jailbreak data.

Step 4
Now select  Cydia from the options and click Next button. Your device will reboot and then RedSn0w will upload the new RAM Disk and Kernel.

Once the jailbreak process is completed, RedSn0w will notify you that this is a tethered jailbreak. Click the Ok button, close the RedSn0w and follow the further instructions to Tethered Boot your device.

How to Tether Boot

re-Run the Redsn0w
Hit Extras, then Just Boot.
Hit next, follow the on-screen instructions to enter into DFU mode.

This should boot your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch 4G into tethered jailbreak mode. Don’t forget to repeat the tether boot process every time you reboot your device.
RedSn0w Guides
How to: create Custom firmware with RedSn0w
How to: update iPhone 4, 3GS without updating baseband
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I’m not obsessed with weather apps as much as I am with text editors. Throughout 2012, several developers came out with their own takes on presenting weather data in beautiful interfaces with custom designs; however, when it comes to weather, in spite of my non-obsession, I demand efficiency. Most of the time, many of the “great-looking” weather apps only focus on capturing the user’s attention with pixels, whereas weather software should, in my opinion, pay attention to data quality and information density more than anything else.
For the past week I’ve been using Check the Weather
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by David Smith, and, interestingly enough, I haven’t gone back to Apple’s Weather app yet. Like I said, I’m not obsessed with weather apps for iOS, but I like to try a new one every once in a while. In the past months I’ve always ended up going back to Apple’s app after a few hours – so there must be something Check the Weather is doing well.
I don’t want advanced data that I don’t understand from a weather app. To grasp the reason why I’m liking Check the Weather, I made a list of the features I need from a weather app:

What’s the weather like today
What’s the weather going to be like later today
What’s the temperature going to be like today
When is the sun rising (I live in Italy, work on a US timezone, so I see the sunrise every morning)
What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow
What’s the weather going to be like this week

With these few “requirements”, I can get a pretty clear overview of weather conditions and temperatures. Check the Weather is remarkably good at this because it presents many data points without cluttering the interface.
Check the Weather is a dashboard for weather conditions. At the top, there’s a bar that indicates your current location and, through a subtle animation, when the app is checking for updated data. Immediately below this bar, you’ll find the current temperature and weather conditions for your location. And then, underneath conditions, one my favorite features of the app: a graph of temperature for the next 12/15 hours. It’s a simple and effective way to visualize temperature changes (like how it dramatically drops between 6 and 8 PM).
Continuing with the main screen, the bottom part is dedicated to showing weather conditions and low/high temperature forecasts for the next three days and sunrise/sunset times. I particularly appreciate the sunrise functionality, as I mentioned above, and I find it somewhat curious that several developers decide not to include it. I also found it accurate for my location (Viterbo, Italy), and I only noticed a few days ago that moon phase is included in this section as well.
One thing that’s immediately distinctive about Check the Weather is its design. Different from any other weather app I’ve tried, Check the Weather makes extensive use of Hoefler & Frere-Jones’ font Idlewild for all its weather forecasts. While I wasn’t sure about this choice at first, within a few days I’ve come to appreciate the unique look of Check the Weather – this app is not yet another Clear clone. Check the Weather is different (a weather app with a very specific font and focused on data rather than prettiness isn’t something you see every day), and I like it. I can see, though, why this is also a very bold (no pun intended) move on Smith’s side: sometimes, people just want pretty pixels heavy on graphics and animations.
Check the Weather is unique in how it approaches the trend of placing additional information in a panel on the side. The app, in fact, uses two panels to display hourly forecasts and extended forecasts for the next 12 days. Hourly forecasts are nicely implemented, as “dark hours” are embedded between sunset and sunrise – as they should be. I don’t typically use extended forecasts (I think predicting 10 days in advance is a bit too much), but I like how they’re presented nevertheless.
As an Italian who reviews weather apps, the typical dreaded moment arrives when it’s time to talk about data. Simply put: if you live in the US you’ll have more features. While Check the Weather tries to be “global” with accurate data by HAMweather, there are several functionalities that are US-only, such as hazardous weather alerts from the National Weather Service, a doppler radar precipitation map, and integration with Dark Sky for minute-by-minute precipitation forecasts. I haven’t been able to test this, but David told me that Dark Sky API data is available in the precipitation view (swipe up from main screen). I believe Check the Weather is the first app to integrate with the recently announced Dark Sky API, and, even though it doesn’t support push notifications yet, it is a huge plus for US customers. As an Italian, all I can say is that weather data and forecasts were accurate and in line with Yahoo weather (the provider Apple uses).
One thing I’ve noticed about Check the Weather: it is localized in 7 languages (including Italian), and it is fully VoiceOver-enabled.

Check the Weather’s support for VoiceOver allows users to listen to forecasts.

Check the Weather is refreshingly different. It doesn’t look like any other weather app I’ve tried, and it leverages its uniqueness to provide weather data in a variety of ways that I find useful and intuitive. What I like most about Check the Weather is that it brings me the information I need without confusing me with custom menus or complicated interface designs. At this point, I only hope David will find a way to add more international weather providers and release an iPad version of the app.
Check the Weather is available at $2.99 on the App Store.
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Apple rolled out a new update on iCloud website that allows users to share reminders to your contacts. This excellent feature of reminder sharing was only available on Mountain Lion OS, but now you can log in to the iCloud website.
Basically, you share reminders to other contacts via email or the reminder application via the iCloud website.

To share a reminder:
Step 1: Go to iCloud.com and enter your log-in details.
Step 2: Click the Reminder app on the iCloud dashboard.
Step 3: Click the small Wi-Fi icon found on the left side of the app.
Step 4: You’
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ll see the Share Reminder dialog box. Enter the name you wish to include in the list.
Step 5: Click Done.
Unfortunately, this feature has not yet come to iOS devices. But we hope that Apple will make a way  to integrate it on iOS 6 soon.
Here’s what MacNN said,
“Apple will likely add the feature to the iOS version of Reminders in a future update, though there has been no official word on when that might happen. Trying to access iCloud.com on an iOS device redirects users to services such as Find My iPhone and Find My Friends or offers to help set up iCloud on the device, since most of the services on iCloud.com are already built into an iOS device.”
We look forward to the iOS 6 update. This reminder is functional especially when you have plenty of tasks to do.
What do you think about the new feature? How do you find this guide? Don’t forget to share this post with your friends.
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This article, How To Share Reminders Online Using iCloud, was originally published at simonblog.com.



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Rune Raiders isn't a new app -- it came out a little while ago and has been updated a few times (and you can actually play a version of it online in Flash). But I was looking through the App Store for a few good turn-based games recently, and Rune...