iPhone 5C

There is absolutely nothing about this setup that makes us believe it's not capable of handling a full share of wear and tear, and the reinforced steel frame convinces us that it's even going to survive falls without a problem. 

Speaking of which, the 5c has a glossy finish, but we were quite happy to find that it's not the fingerprint magnet that we've come to expect on other devices. It sufficiently handled the greasy fingerprints of a couple hundred journalists, so we doubt there will be any reason to be concerned about this phone looking dirty. In fact, it has a subtle shine to it that serves to complement the color selection.                              -Engadget

Posted on September 11, 2013 .

iPhone 5S

The new iSight camera on iPhone 5s builds on the iPhone 5 camera in ways that make a real difference to your photos. It captures beautiful images at 8 megapixels. What makes them beautiful is a redesigned camera sensor that allows for bigger pixels. Bigger pixels equal better photos. And better photos are precisely what inspired the advancements we made with the new iSight camera on iPhone 5s.

 

Posted on September 11, 2013 .

New Low Cost iPhones

Check out the video above for a quick overview of the leaked shell of the proposed newest edition to the iPhone family. Along with an updated version of the aluminum iPhone 5, there is also lots of leaked information including the plastic shell that points towards a 'low cost' iPhone. Apple has historically been prone to release new iPhones in September and October. This year looks like it is going to follow along, especially since we know that Apple's CEO Tim Cook has been trying to push iPhone sales in the recent months, which is why they revised the Apple Store app.

Posted on July 29, 2013 .

Government Enforced Privacy Rules For Apps

Image: hldataprotection.com

Image: hldataprotection.com

After a year of attempts, a government proposal has been created that aims to enforce strict privacy rules for app developers. If passed into law, the proposal would make developers release what data they collect and how it is used.

“The US government’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration today issued its first draft of what will be a mobile apps code of conduct intended to better protect consumers and their privacy. If made final, policy states that publishers must provide consumers with “short-form” notices in multiple languages informing them of how their data is being used [...]

Just so that there’s no doubt about what “data” means, the government entity specifically says it includes biometrics, browser history, phone or text log, contacts, financial info, health, medical, or therapy info, location, and user files …”
— TNW

There is no telling how long it might take for the proposal to be turned into law, if ever, and the process at this point is voluntary so there is no requirement for developers to comply. We can only hope that the pressure from the public and adoption of the policies outlined by the proposal will be followed by the large developers, which might then incite change toward a safer mobile user experience.

Posted on July 27, 2013 and filed under App Industry.

Apple Developer Center Hacked

After first being taken down Thursday, Apple finally explained why the Developer Center has been unaccessible for days. Apparently they were hacked and 'could not rule out the possibility' that developer names, addresses and emails might have been compromised. There is no telling when the site will be back, other than Apple saying they expect it to be 'soon.' Read the official statement below. 

“Apple Developer Website Update

Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website. Sensitive personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed, however, we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed. In the spirit of transparency, we want to inform you of the issue. We took the site down immediately on Thursday and have been working around the clock since then.

In order to prevent a security threat like this from happening again, we’re completely overhauling our developer systems, updating our server software, and rebuilding our entire database. We apologize for the significant inconvenience that our downtime has caused you and we expect to have the developer website up again soon.”
— Apple
Posted on July 21, 2013 and filed under Apple News.

6 Reasons Apps Are Great For Business

Make sure that your business is getting the most out of the devices that millions already own by using mobile apps for expanding your consumer base, marketing, accessing customers offline, and social media integration. If you look around when you are driving, most people are looking at their phones; people look at their phones so much they don't even watch the road! Obviously, mobile apps are the next powerful marketing tool for businesses. Here are six good reasons why mobile apps are great for business.

1. Give customers a great mobile experience. Websites suck on mobile devices, but apps offer an intuitive user experience that is fast, easy and works offline.

2. Do things that websites can't. Mobile apps can take advantage of the increasingly powerful mobile hardware by giving customers GPS directions to your business, take pictures and video, and scan QR codes for discounts, websites, contact info or download a program. Overall, mobile apps allow for a more interaction with your customers.

3. Apps are always accessible, despite connectivity. Websites can only be used when users have access to the internet, but your customers can interact with a mobile app anytime they want, which gives them 24/7 access to your business.

4. Apps are like digital business cards. Like any interaction with your customers, mobile apps give them an idea of what your company is all about and gives you a chance to connect with customers and provide them with information about your business.

5. Apps offer a better user experience, which is increasingly more important. Create a relationship with the customer, especially through the integration of social media where you can communicate with users worldwide and see what they are saying about your business.

6. A typical person spends about 4+ hours per day using a smartphone. Compared to only about 1 hour per day using a personal computer. Therefore users will spend more time using your mobile app than your website.
 

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Apple's iOS 7 Introduction

Not only does the new iOS 7 improve the aesthetic appeal of Apple's popular mobile software, but it also adds a lot of new features that drastically improve the user experience as well. One of the best examples is the quick access to a screen with often changed settings like brightness, wireless connectivity, music controls, airdrop, and shortcuts to the camera, flashlight, calculator and alarm, all via an upward swipe from any screen. You can swipe to zoom now while you are recording video and the lock screen can now be opened by swiping anywhere on the screen instead of the previous unlock slider, which makes it a lot easier for users to unlock their iPhones. The update also brings along faster performance and preserves iOS 6's battery performance.

As for the appearance, iOS 7 now has transparent layers that give the phone a modern look and allow the user to keep a sense of fullscreen context when there are overlays like the keyboard or keypad. When dialing on the phone the keys fade to reveal the background, which have also been updated to give a 3D effect as they move when the phone is tilted. While the screen is now designed to be more three dimensional to show the hierarchy of open apps, the icons and screens have been redesigned to look flat and have a completely new color scheme that looks wonderful. The clock app now has a 'live' icon that always displays the current time. Hopefully the weather icon will also get updated to display the current weather for the final release and Apple will allow for developers to use this 'live icon' feature, which could be very useful for quick updates.

Lastly, remember these are features that we can see from the video above and the iOS 7 beta 3 version and while they probably won't change a ton, Apple is sure to add new features before the final release. We will keep you up to date on these new features so check back soon to find out more and add ByteWare to your RSS reader to follow our posts!

 

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Posted on July 17, 2013 and filed under General.