الأحد، 30 سبتمبر، 2012

Mobile Miscellany: week of September 24th, 2012

Mobile Miscellany week of September 24th, 2012

If you didn't get enough in mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we've opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This past week, Dan Hesse shared his turnaround vision for Sprint, Jim Allchin revealed where T-Mobile stumbled and AT&T welcomed a new GoPhone. Not to stop there, we discovered two updated launchers that've piled on inspiration from Jelly Bean. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the "best of the rest" for this week of September 24th, 2012.

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Xi3 goes the crowdfunding route for future X3A, X7A modular PCs (video)

Xi3 goes the crowdfunding route for future X3A, X7A modular PCs

Xi3 has been one of the more inventive PC builders in the field, designing its Modular Computers in the belief that small, more upgradable desktops are the way of the future. The company is planning two new systems to further that dream, the X3A and X7A, but it wants our help: it's running a Kickstarter funding drive until October 28th to assist the development and garner some early adopters. Put down $503 or $603 and you'll get the entry-level X3A, a dual-core 1.65GHz (likely AMD E-450-based) PC with 4GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD and either Linux or Windows installed; splurge with $1,103 or more and you'll get the more performance-driven X7A, which jumps to a quad-core chip with a 3.2GHz peak speed, a Windows-loaded 64GB SSD and faster graphics. Assuming Xi3 makes its target, we should see the X3A and X7A arrive in January and February respectively, with Kickstarter supporters beating the larger herd by a week. Even existing owners are accounted for through a Primary I/O Board upgrade, due before the end of this year, that carries more Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports. Crowdfunding is an unusual approach to buying that next PC, without the certainties of shopping at an online store -- but we're also dealing with an unusual PC from the get-go.

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Jetbus is a retro-tastic physics game, with a bus

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Once upon a time, there used to be a DOS game with a caveman and a human powered helicopter. The caveman would shuttle around the screen, madly trying to get customers to where they wanted to go.

Jetbus is not that game, but it's obviously inspired by it. You're driving a yellow school bus which has jets. I guess the jet engine takes quite a bit of space inside the bus, because you can only pick up one person at a time.

There are several doors on the screen, each with its own number. As you pick up a person, the status bar at the bottom of the screen shows you which number door you have to take them to.

You must fly your bus carefully, because if it gets bumped around too much, you lose. You earn money on each level, and can visit the garage to buy better jets and damping, power-ups, or even a whole new vehicle.

So while this game isn't made as well as the original that inspired it, it does provide a few minutes of fun. And now, which one of you guys remembers the original and feels like pointing to it in the comments?

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Prometheus Blu-ray specs unveiled, arrives with seven hours of extras October 9th (video)

Prometheus Bluray specs unveiled, arrives with seven hours of extras October 9th video

While Ridley Scott's latest flick is already available on just about every downloadable movie store you could name, Prometheus is still a few weeks away from making its debut on disc and now Fox has officially released all the details. The extras listed in an earlier leak appear to be accurate, with a Second Screen iPad app that promises access to character Peter Weyland's archives, while much of the 15 minutes or so of deleted and alternative scenes have already been posted on the internet (search around if you absolutely must know what else there is and can't wait / don't want to spend the cash). Arriving October 9th, there's a four disc set with both a Blu-ray 3D edition and bonus extras disc with featurettes for a total of seven hours of bonus materials, while the two disc set trims it to just one Blu-ray and DVD / digital copy. The two disc set is currently selling for $24.99 on Amazon, while the four disc edition bumps the price another $5. A trailer with a peek at some of those extras and the full list of details awaits after the break, but an explanation for why anyone would ever try to touch some weird alien snake is something you'll have to find on your own.

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How to use Notification Center

If you just got a new iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad then you've also got Notification Center. It's Apple's attempt to bring order and sanity to the myriad alarms, alerts, messages, calls, announcements, and game challenges that flood our daily lives. But first you may need to bring order and sanity to Notification Center.

How Notification Center works

iOS notifications are presented in one of three different ways:

  • Lock screen notifications
  • Notification Center
  • Banners and popups

All of the implementations show the icon of the app issuing the notification to the left, and a brief except of the alert content to the right. All three, however, work in different ways.

How Lock screen notifications work

If your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad is asleep (i.e. the screen is dark), Lock screen notifications will light it up briefly and show it to you. That way, if your device is sitting on a table nearby, you'll see the notification come in and be able to deal with it immediately if you want to. If you don't want to deal with a notification immediately, the Lock screen will keep a list of all the new ones for you, and show them to you the next time you wake up your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

Depending on how many notifications come in, and what kind of notifications they are, you'll be presented with them in one of a few different ways.

  • If it's a single notification, you get a single popup.
  • If it's multiple notifications, you get a stacked list view.
  • If it's a single notification but there have been previous unread notifications, you get a single popup but can view the complete list by swiping down from the time/date bar (a small gripper icon indicates when this is possible.)
  • If it's a notification along with an option, for example an alarm with a snooze option, a button will also appear for that action.

You can slide notification icons to unlock your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, just as you would the normal slide to unlock control. Unlocking with the icon will send you straight to the app that issued the alert, and to the specific alert within that app.

Once you unlock, you also clear all Lock screen notifications.

Notification Center

When you're using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you can pull down Notification Center at any time by swiping downwards from the status bar. It can be dismissed by swiping back up from the small gripper icon at the bottom of the screen.

When Notification Center is open, it can display a Weather and/or Stocks widgets on the iPhone or iPod touch, and a Sharing widget on all iOS devices. (Because the iPad has no built-in Weather or Stocks apps, it has no Weather or Stock widgets in Notification Center.) If you don't like the location shown in the Weather widget, or the stocks listed in the Stock widget, or if you just want to turn one or all of them off entirely, you can configure them in the Settings app.

Tapping the Weather or Stock widget will take you to the Weather or Stocks app. Tapping the Twitter or Facebook button on the Sharing widget will open a Tweet or Facebook post sheet.

On all iOS devices, Notification Center can also display a list of pending notifications. Each list is headed by the corresponding app icon and name to the left, the date if it's for the calendar, and a far-too-tiny X icon to the right. If you don't like the default organization, you can change it in Settings app.

Tapping the X icon clears all notifications for that app. Tapping anywhere on the alert will take you to the app to view the information. You can control which apps and how many notifications per app are displayed in Settings.

Banners and popups

When your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad is unlocked and new notification comes in, a banner or popup notification will appear.

Banner notifications are typically used for non-urgent notifications like messages, mail, game challenges -- even turn-by-turn navigation directions. They show up briefly at the top of the screen and are animated with a roll down, roll back up effect. Tapping a Notification Banner sends you to the app that issued the alert and shows you the information. While far less obtrusive than the old-style popup notifications, the Banners can still obscure information and obstruct buttons, and when they roll-down unexpectedly can cause you to accidentally tap them rather then the top bar or button you'd begun to tap.

If a banner is getting in your way, you can touch them, pull slightly, and flick them away (technically you're beginning to pull down the Notification Center shade, which dismisses them, and then pushing the shade away again all in one smooth curve.

Popups are usually used for urgent notifications like alarms, reminders, and appointments. They pop up in the center of the screen and won't go away until you acknowledge you received them.

If you don't want popups or banners for a certain app, you can turn them off in Settings or if you just want to mute them temporarily, you can use Do Not Disturb.



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Ask DLS: What's your favorite mobile app at the moment?

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The mobile app marketplace is exploding; there are now hundreds of thousands of apps on the iOS, Android and BlackBerry app markets. Heck, even Windows Phone 7 just crossed the 10,000 mark!

But alas, not all apps are created equal; some are way, way better than others. Which leads me to today's Ask DLS question: What is your favorite mobile app at the moment?

We don't necessarily mean the latest craze; we'd like to hear about apps that have stood the test of time on your device, apps that are among the first you install on a new smartphones, apps that have earned their place on your home screen and in your heart.

So, what are some of these apps? Bonus points for links to screenshots in the comments!

Ask DLS: What's your favorite mobile app at the moment? originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Amazon Appstore for Android Test Drive hands on: surprisingly cool, but still US-only

Amazon Appstore for Android Test Drive
When Amazon Appstore for Android launched last week, one of its primary features -- Test Drive -- was disabled just a few minutes after it opened. With no try-before-you-buy, no refund process, and 1-Click purchasing ready to strike at any moment, this caused some problems. Anyway, don't despair: Test Drive is now enabled.

Before you get your hopes up, Test Drive doesn't work with every app. The IMDb app works fine -- you can even watch movie trailers on it! -- but the Angry Birds games are sadly not enabled. Some games work surprisingly well, though, like Bubble Buster. There's very little latency, and the framerate is really rather good. The Test Drive experience is so true to life that you even get ads; how cool is that?

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Can Google Map a Path Back to iOS?

Google is reported to be working on a standalone map app for iOS, about three months after Apple replaced the original Google map app in iOS with its own product, for iOS 6. The news comes as Apple is plagued by almost daily reports of problems with its own mapping app. Whether Apple will approve a standalone Google Maps app for inclusion in its iTunes App Store remains to be seen.


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السبت، 29 سبتمبر، 2012

Prometheus Blu-ray specs unveiled, arrives with seven hours of extras October 9th (video)

Prometheus Bluray specs unveiled, arrives with seven hours of extras October 9th video

While Ridley Scott's latest flick is already available on just about every downloadable movie store you could name, Prometheus is still a few weeks away from making its debut on disc and now Fox has officially released all the details. The extras listed in an earlier leak appear to be accurate, with a Second Screen iPad app that promises access to character Peter Weyland's archives, while much of the 15 minutes or so of deleted and alternative scenes have already been posted on the internet (search around if you absolutely must know what else there is and can't wait / don't want to spend the cash). Arriving October 9th, there's a four disc set with both a Blu-ray 3D edition and bonus extras disc with featurettes for a total of seven hours of bonus materials, while the two disc set trims it to just one Blu-ray and DVD / digital copy. The two disc set is currently selling for $24.99 on Amazon, while the four disc edition bumps the price another $5. A trailer with a peek at some of those extras and the full list of details awaits after the break, but an explanation for why anyone would ever try to touch some weird alien snake is something you'll have to find on your own.

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