Ce support charge aussi l’iPhone avec élégance

Posted by phil under IPAD, IPhon on Lundi juin 30, 2014

Que ce soit le soir ou dans la journée selon l’utilisation, on a tous besoin de recharger son IPHONE. Or, il faut bien reconnaître, avoir des câbles n’est ni esthétique ni pratique avec des risques de chute si on se prend les pieds dedans. Voici une solution aussi design que pratique avec un ensemble coque et support sur un pied afin de recharger sans fil l’IPHONE et qui ne dénotera pas sur un bureau ou sa table de nuit par exemple : Le support tient sur un pied avec des composants valorisants en céramique et en bois (noyer) même si des finitions (plus onéreuses) Or et Platine sont aussi proposées. L’IPHONE, quant à lui, prend place dans une coque intégrant une prise Lightning et un récepteur qui se chargent de relayer l’énergie en provenance du support vers la batterie de l’IPHONE. Avec une partie plate intégrant la technologie de micro-succion, l’IPHONE se positionne et se retire facilement et reste utilisable pendant la charge, que ce soit en modes portrait ou paysage. Évidemment, afin de s’adapter au mobilier ou aux couleurs de l’IPHONE, le pied peut être blanc ou noir et un adaptateur mural est aussi fourni. Le projet démarre seulement et doit encore atteindre son seuil de financement pour passer au stade de la production. Pour y arriver, les pré-commandes sont là au prix de 140 $ (plus 10 $ pour le récepteur) avec des livraisons espérées pour novembre 2014 si tout se passe bien. En rapport avec cet article, retrouvez : plus de 1200 accessoires IPHONE déjà référencés par iPhon.fr. plus de 130 tests d’ accessoires. notre sélection d’accessoires IPHONE et IPAD Des bons de réduction iPhon.fr Suivez l’actualité iPhon.fr Devenez fan sur Facebook Suivez nous sur Twitter Abonnez vous au fil RSS Vous aimez ? Partagez !         Browser not compatible with iframes

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If you want to have the absolute best video and audio quality from a broadcast, better than cable, satellite and even fiber, then digital broadcasts provided free and over the air to an antenna is for you. It gives you everything that is great about digital, and lets you avoid overly aggressive compression at the same time. So, where do you start? On Vector 38: Cord-cutting I gave an overview of how cord cutting works, what’s involved, and why people might want to consider it. Give it a listen. Over the air broadcasts are not new. They’ve been around for decades. Before cable came to town,the only way to catch your favourite television shows was via analog signals from a transmitter. Depending on where you lived, you could get anything from a decent 480i image to… unwatchable static. The woes of poor reception due to physical or geographic barriers gave a big push to upstart cable companies. They not only promised better images, but even more channels! Cable and satellite became so ubiquitous that over the air broadcasts fell from public consciousness except for those people who couldn’t \ »upgrade\ » to more modern ways to receive television broadcasts. However, back in 2009 in the United States (and 2011 in Canada), analog broadcasts were cut off and replaced with digital signal broadcasts. The change gave the added benefits of a purely digital signal (that is, no more static once a \ »lock\ » is achieved), High Definition signals up to 1080i, 5.1 dolby digital surround sound, and multiple channel streams per broadcast frequency, each broadcasting different content. The digital signals that are provided over the air are the least compressed HD signal you can get in a broadcast and, as such provide, the best visual quality anywhere. What broadcasts will you get? To figure out what broadcasts you’ll get, you will have to take into account 2 components. Your geographic location and The type of antenna you want to (or can) use. Depending on where you live, the digital signal may all come from one direction, or many directions. You’ll need to know, where the signals are coming from, how far away they are and if there are any physical barriers for you to get the signals. You can go to tvfool.com and input your co-ordinates to find out. tvfool.com will provide you with a detailed \ »compass\ » of broadcast signals along with a color graded indicator of signal strength for each station to determine if you will need a regular, bunny ear antenna in your living room, or a full size roof mounted antenna with the highest gain. This leads us to component number 2, the type of antenna you will want or need. This will be a matter of preference. Do you absolutely need to get every station in every direction from your co-ordinates? If your tvfool.com report shows any broadcast channel highlighted in red, then you are looking at a roof mounted antenna. If you only want to get some channels to supplement your current television, then anything highlighted in green can be received with a cheap pair of rabbit ears. There are many different kinds of antennae. Popular brands include Wineguard and Channel Master. They’ll suit many people’s needs. However, if you are daring enough and you want the absolute best gain in an antenna, one that is custom cut for your channel lineup, you can make your own hi gain antenna (called a Grey-Hoverman) by using free an open source schematics from digitalhome.ca. Extras you might need If you are anything like me, then you want to get every possible channel and you may need some of the following \ »extra\ » components. A rotor for your antenna. If signals are in different directions, you may need to rotate the antenna towards the broadcast signal. A pre-amplifier. Sometimes you may be on the edge of getting a signal and you need an extra boost to help you get that signal. A pre-amplifier can help in these situations. A PVR system. You may be used to pause, record and rewind live TV on your cable box and would like to retain these features. You can do so by having your antenna cables going into a PVR (such as Tivo or a HTPC) to give you this functionality. Splitters. If you have multiple televisions, you may want to have television signals going to each TV. This can be done with a splitter (free of charge as opposed to many cabe/satellite providers). IPHONE apps for cord-cutters Once you have everything in place, there are some IPHONE apps that can help you get the most from your new setup: Best IPHONE apps for cord cutters: XBMC, TV Show Tracker, Remote, and more! Mac media center If you want to use your Mac as a media center, here’s how to get started: How to set up a Mac mini-based media server part I: Physical connections So what are you waiting for!? The best quality television broadcasts are floating in the air around you as you read this free of charge waiting for you to enjoy their digital HD goodness. Have you cut the cord? Let us know what you did in the comments below!

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Pas fan des maquettes iPhone 6 ? Un espoir demeure !

Posted by phil under IPhon on Lundi juin 30, 2014

Ces dernières semaines, on a vu passé un très grand nombre de maquettes supposées représenter le futur IPHONE 6. On a même pu apercevoir une première vidéo de la véritable coque arrière de l’IPHONE 6 même si la source est invérifiable. On le sait, ces maquettes sont surtout utilisées par les accessoiristes afin d’avoir les bonnes dimensions et le bon design du futur IPHONE pour être les premiers à proposer leurs étuis / coques sur la marché. Elle ne sont donc pas de très grande qualité et des différences avec le modèle final peuvent donc être pressenties. C’est justement le sujet d’un nouveau rapport qui détaille les différences entre les maquettes et la version définitive : Ainsi, les bandes blanches ou noires qui apparaissaient sur les maquettes ont été souvent décriées par bon nombre d’entre-vous dans les commentaires. Le rapport se veut rassurant de ce côté-là en indiquant que ces bandes ne sont utilisées que pour délimiter les zones utilisant des composants différents, comme le passage de l’aluminium à du verre par exemple. Ces bandes ne feraient donc pas partie du modèle final produit par Apple, ce qui met à mal la vidéo montrant la véritable coque aperçue la semaine dernière. En parallèle, une autre possibilité avancée indique que de fines bandes en verre poli pourraient aussi être de la partie avec un rendu nettement plus attrayant que celui des maquettes. Comme on l’a vu avec la vidéo de la coque, le logo d’Apple ne serait pas issu d’un polissage différents de l’aluminium mais serait intégré via une découpe dans le boîtier. Par contre, les sources des informations retenues dans ce rapport restent relativement vagues et on y voit plus des conjectures qu’autre chose. Le fait d’avancer deux solutions différentes pour les bandes en sont un preuve flagrante. Enfin, celui-ci avançant aussi que l’IPHONE pourrait disposer d’un écran et d’un corps courbés, qui a déjà fait l’objet de rumeurs mais qu’aucune fuite n’est venue étayer depuis, on n’oubliera pas de sortir les pincettes d’usage quant à ces dernières informations. source Suivez l’actualité iPhon.fr Devenez fan sur Facebook Suivez nous sur Twitter Abonnez vous au fil RSS Vous aimez ? Partagez !         Browser not compatible with iframes

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For today only, buy the Seidio Spring-Clip Holster for IPHONE 5/5S and save 43% off the list price! This holster holds your IPHONE securely in place, and then lifts for quick access. Both the felt liner and the face-in design protect your screen from scratches, too. Wear it by your side in any one of seven different positions for optimal comfort!

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The best apps to help you master grilling techniques, time foods just right, and get fresh new ideas that keep your grill menu interesting! Looking for the best IPHONE apps to help you make the most of your grill season this year? Whether you’re preparing for a cookout or just want new recipe ideas to spice up your family’s menu, there are tons of apps available in the iOS App Store that can help. Another important aspect of grilling is making sure all your veggies and meats are timed just right. And you guessed it, there are apps for that too! The real question is, what IPHONE apps are the absolute best when it comes to becoming the ultimate grill master? GrillTime GrillTime is not only a great general grilling guide in general, it’s an excellent timer that helps you make sure whatever you have on the grill comes out perfect each and every time. I’ve found GrillTime to be especially convenient when cooking for larger groups where you have multiple kinds of meats on the grill at once. Set a time for each individual hamburger patty or set times for different types of foods, however you’d like to organize and time, GrillTime lets you do it. When your food is done, get a notification telling you it’s time to remove or check on something. While GrillTime is a decent grilling guide, it’s the best all around grill timer you’re going to find. $1.99 – Download Now Weber’s On the Grill Weber’s On the Grill is a recipe app that specializes in grilling and barbecuing. With recipes for tons of rubs, marinades, and sauces, you are sure to find something that’ll keep everyone in your house happy. The Weber’s On the Grill app also features over 100 tips to help you improve your techniques while grilling. If you need a basic timer, On the Grill has one of those too alone with guidelines for how long you should be cooking different kinds of meat, vegetables, and more. There’s even a dessert section for when your’e feeling particularly adventurous. For lots of amazing recipe ideas and technique tips, check out Weber’s On the Grill. $4.99 – Download Now The Photo Cookbook – Barbecue Grilling There are many different variants of The Photo Cookbook but this one deals specifically with grilling out. What makes this series so great are the beautiful photos that accompany each and every recipe. This particular version comes with over 60 recipes that are divided into sections consisting of meat, poultry, vegetables, and seafood. All are beautifully laid out with easy to follow directions complete with over 500 retina compatible images that detail every step. If you’re a visual person that does better with instructions containing pictures, The Photo Cookbook should be your go-to guide. $3.99 – Download Now Grill-It! Grill-It! is another recipe app that provides step by step instructions for tons of delicious recipes. What I like about Grill-It! is the variety it has for the low price tag it carriers. Whether you want seafood, burgers, brats, appetizer ideas, or something else, you’ll most likely find something in Grill-It! that suits everyone’s tastes. It makes for a great companion to general grill guides such as GrillTime. For a wide variety of grilling and barbecue ideas, Grill-It! is a must have. $1.99 – Download Now Barbecues & Grilling Barbecues & Grilling is another recipe app but focuses more on authentic BBQ recipes than it does simple grilling. Condiment lovers will particularly enjoy Barbecues & Grilling since there are tons of recipes for sauces as well. While Barbecues & Grilling may focus on BBQ, there is also a traditional grilling recipe section as well as a charcoal grilling section. The best part is you can enjoy all these recipes for free. If the ads bother you, it’s only $0.99 to remove them. Anyone who wants sauce and authentic BBQ grill recipes should be sure to check out Barbecues & Grilling. Free – Download Now Your picks for best barbecue and grilling apps for IPHONE? If you make it a point to hit the grill as often, are there apps you’ve found that have helped you improve your grilling techniques? Perhaps you’ve found some that added lots of awesome new recipes to your repertoire. Be sure to let us know what apps you use and why in the comments!

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Dans la journée, lorsque j’ai quelques minutes à tuer, mais pas plus, j’aime beaucoup me faire une petite partie de jeu sur l’IPHONE. Dans ces conditions, il est évidemment hors de question de se lancer dans des jeux qui demandent des heures et des heures d’attention. Non, ce que je cherche, c’est une appli qui permet de passer quelques secondes avant d’aller voir ailleurs. Pour satisfaire ces brèves envies, j’ai pour habitude de me lancer à la recherche de jeux tous simples, mais vers lesquels on prend plaisir à revenir encore et toujours. Jellies! est la dernière de mes trouvailles et je compte bien la partager avec vous : Jellies! – 1,79 € – IPHONE et IPAD L’histoire derrière le jeu est assez étrange, mais après tout pourquoi pas. Alors que Bob le pécheur est sur sa barque, il lui vient tout à coup à l’idée de plonger sa main dans l’eau. Aussitôt, de petites bêtes étranges vont venir…lui croquer les doigts. Dingue ! Et c’est là que nous intervenons. Notre mission, récupérer les doigts de ce pauvre bob en éliminant des Jellies encore et toujours. Pour tenter de récupérer les doigts de ce bon vieux bob, il va falloir éliminer des tas de Jellies. Le premier doigt est à 1000 de ces petites bêtes… alors courage ! Pour parvenir à nos fins, un seul moyen, relier les Jellies de même couleur afin de les faire tout bonnement disparaitre. Pour corser un peu le jeu, le temps est limité et le joueur n’a qu’une petite minute pour éliminer le plus de Jellies possible. Chaque Jellie éliminée fait marquer des points. Pour espérer marquer plus de points et pourquoi pas, gagner quelques précieuses secondes supplémentaires, mieux vaut tenter de faire des boucles en reliant les Jellies. Pour nous simplifier la tâche, 3 bonus sont à notre disposition. Le premier va geler les Jellies quand le second en fera exploser une détruisant tout ce qui se trouve alentour. Le dernier est certainement le meilleurs puisqu’il colore toutes les Jellies en noir, on peut alors les éliminer d’un simple glissement du doigt. Durant le jeu, remplir certains objectifs comme relier 10 Jellies entre elles fait gagner des pièces et des bonus. Les fameuses pièces permettent de s’offrir quelques bonus supplémentaires. Fun, coloré et amusant Jellies! est un petit jeu sur lequel on prend plaisir à jouer une ou deux parties pour y revenir quelques heures ou même quelques jours plus tard. Particulièrement simple à prendre main, voilà un bon compagnon pour les grands comme pour les plus petits pour les longs trajets de vacances qui arrivent. Jellies! – 1,79 € – IPHONE et IPAD Suivez l’actualité iPhon.fr Devenez fan sur Facebook Suivez nous sur Twitter Abonnez vous au fil RSS Vous aimez ? Partagez !         Browser not compatible with iframes

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Les actus IPHONE, les app gratuites et les bons plans, c’est avec notre application i-nfo.fr gratuite : A noter Mise à jour iOS : la version 7.1.2 est disponible pour IPHONE, iPod et IPAD Test du câble micro USB et Lightning Dodocool pour IPHONE, IPAD, accessoires et smartphones Dossier apps IPHONE : sur la route des vacances avec plus de 30 applis utiles et détente App IPAD/IPHONE enfant : expériences scientifiques amusantes, 15 licences offertes sur VIPAD.fr Notre eBook gratuit : les 50 meilleures applis IPHONE classées par catégorie ! Ajouter de la mémoire sans fil à son IPHONE/ IPAD : des solutions à base de disques durs, clés USB et mémoires flash Wifi … (Mise à jour) Baisses de prix temporaires applis IPHONE et iPod touch Hatch : 1,79 -> 0,89 € Football Manager Handheld 2014 : 8,99 -> 4,49 € , 4 étoiles sur l’App Store FR , pour IPHONE et IPAD TomTom Europe occidentale : 54,99 -> 44,99 € pour IPHONE et IPAD Musique en promo Glass Animals – Pools : gratuit Eric Clapton – Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 : 11,99 -> 10,99 € Camille – Music Hole : 7,99 -> 6,99 € Tracy Chapman – Collection : 9,99 -> 8,99 € Massive attack – Mezzanine : 9,99 -> 5,99 € Hugh Laurie – Didn’t it Rain  : 10,99 -> 9,99 € C2C – Tetra : 9,99 -> 5,99 € MIKA – The Origin of Love : 9,99 -> 5,99 € Louis Bertignac – Grizzly  : 9,99 -> 5,99 € Juliette – No parano : 9,99 -> 5,99 € Cœur de Pirate – Coeur de Pirate : 10,99 -> 9,99 € Promotions films et séries Une fiancée pas comme les autres : 7,99 -> 3,99 € La reine Margot : 9,99 -> 4,99 € en HD et 7,99 -> 3,99 € en SD All Is Lost : 17,99 -> 9,99 € en HD et 13,99 -> 8,99 € en SD Le tombeau des lucioles : 9,99 -> 4,99 € en HD et 7,99 -> 3,99 € en SD Le grand soir : 9,99 -> 4,99 € en HD et 7,99 -> 3,99 € en SD The Big Lebowski : 9,99 -> 5,99 € en HD et 7,99 -> 3,99 € en SD Taxi Driver : 9,99 -> 4,99 € en HD et 7,99 -> 3,99 € en SD Voici les applications et jeux passés en gratuit récemment et pour une durée limitée . Pensez à vérifier la gratuité lors du téléchargement ! Les applications IPHONE et iPod Touch gratuites temporairement : 100 Cameras in 1 : 100 filtres et outils pour rendre vos photos encore plus belles Ventrilode : un tchat vocal pour garder le contact où que vous soyez ! Tadaa SLR : ajoutez un peu de profondeur à vos photos pour les rendre inoubliables Core Monitor : surveillez de près tous les composants de votre IPHONE Z-Drums Pro : et l’IPHONE devint une vraie batterie ! Poum poum tchak !, pour IPHONE et IPAD Breathing Zone : apprenez à respirer pour vous détendre, pour IPHONE et IPAD Weple Diary : un agenda personnalisable pour tenter d’atteindre les objectifs que l’on s’est fixés Portraiture : une appli pratique pour ôter les petits défauts des portraits Snap Clap : un simple claquement de mains et la photo se déclenche avec un retardateur si besoin, pour IPHONE et IPAD Solar Walk : superbe modèle du système solaire en 3D, en Français, à manipuler du bout des doigts sur fond musical, beau voyage jusqu’au bout de la voie lactée ! – 4,5 étoiles sur l’App Store FR, pour IPHONE et IPAD App découverte World of Tanks Blitz : participez à des batailles de chars dans des combats multi joueurs en ligne sur ce jeu classique venu du PC World of Tanks Blitz IPHONE et IPAD est gratuit ici Jeux IPHONE et iPod touch gratuits temporairement : Letters from Nowhere  : menez l’enquête au sujet de mystérieuses lettres dans ce jeu d’objets cachés à ne pas manquer – 4,5 étoiles sur l’App Store fr Tug the Table : un jeu aussi simple qu’amusant pour jouer avec ses amis sur le même écran – 4,5 étoiles sur l’App Store fr, pour IPHONE et IPAD Fish Out Of Water! : Essayez d’envoyer les petits poissons le plus loin possible ! – 4,5 étoiles sur l’App Store fr, pour IPHONE et IPAD Space Story : Vous êtes le capitaine ! Combattez et emmenez vos troupes vers la victoire – 4,5 étoiles sur l’App Store fr, pour IPHONE et IPAD App découverte Deer Hunter 2014 : 3D impressionnante pour cette partie de chasse virtuelle dans une nature luxuriante – 4,5 étoiles ! Deer Hunter 2014 IPHONE et IPAD est gratuit ici et toujours : True Skate : un magnifique jeu de skate plus vrai que nature ! À ne manquer sous aucun prétexte – 4 étoiles sur l’App Store fr, pour IPHONE et IPAD Captain America: Le Soldat de l’Hiver : incarnez Captain America dans ce jeu de combat aux très beaux graphismes style BD, pour IPHONE et IPAD Real Boxing : Un superbe jeu de boxe à ne pas manquer !, pour IPHONE et IPAD Mais aussi : High Tide Colors Memory Match! Puzzle Man Pro Simoo Sky Cups Et pour l’IPAD : Ce sera plus tard sur notre site IPAD VIPAD.fr ici Vous avez manqué un de nos billets quotidiens ? Certaines applis sont peut-être encore proposées gratuitement : Retrouvez tous nos billets des gratuits et promos du soir ici sur iPhon.fr Suivez l’actualité iPhon.fr Devenez fan sur Facebook Suivez nous sur Twitter Abonnez vous au fil RSS Vous aimez ? Partagez !         Browser not compatible with iframes

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On l’avait évoqué il y a quelques semaines, Apple préparait une nouvelle mise à jour de son système mobile iOS 7. Celle-ci labellisée iOS 7.1.2 avait été aperçu sur les serveurs de certains sites Internet et, vue la version, il s’agissait d’une version corrective. En effet, des problèmes d’iMessages découverts dans cet article et le non encryptage des pièces jointes des mails ont certainement du pousser Apple à sortir cette mise à jour alors qu’iOS 8 en préparation en est à sa bêta 2. iOS 7.1.2 est disponible en téléchargement sans fil. Néanmoins, cela peut parfois mettre un peu de temps à se propager : Il s’agit bien, entre autres, de correctifs : pour la connexion iBeacon, pour la communication avec les accessoires tiers et concernant l’encryptage des pièces-jointes dans les mails. En détails : Cette mise à jour comprend la résolution de problèmes et des mises à jour de sécurité, dont : l’amélioration de la connectivité iBeacon et de sa stabilité la résolution d’un problème de transfert de données pour certains accessoires de tierce partie, y compris les lecteurs de codes-barres la correction d’un problème dans Mail de classe de protection des données concernant les pièces jointes. Pour en savoir plus sur les correctifs de sécurité contenus dans cette mise à jour, consultez la page web suivante : http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222?viewlocale=fr_FR Mise à jour effectuée pour vous ? D’autres nouveautés visibles ? Suivez l’actualité iPhon.fr Devenez fan sur Facebook Suivez nous sur Twitter Abonnez vous au fil RSS Vous aimez ? Partagez !         Browser not compatible with iframes

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Apple has announced some updates coming to its iTunes U app, adding course creation and management features and more. Teachers will be able to create and edit course built for iTunes U directly on the IPAD, adding materials from iWork, iBooks Author, and several education apps for IPAD. Students are also getting new tools to facilitate class discussions. Students will be able to better communicate with each other with the new iTunes U. The new Discussions in the app will allow you to join in on a topic, create or automatically follow new ones, and get push notifications when a topic is created or replies come in. Teachers can join in discussions as well, moderating comments and removing off-topic replies. Apple says that the updates to iTunes U will be available on July 8. What do you think of the changes that Apple is making to the app? Let us know below in the comments. Press release: Apple Announces Updates to iTunes U Brings Course Creation, Management for Teachers & Student Discussions To IPAD CUPERTINO, California—June 30, 2014—Apple® today announced updates to iTunes U®, bringing educators and students great new tools to build and experience educational content on IPAD®. Beginning July 8, teachers using the free iTunes U app can create, edit and manage entire courses directly on IPAD for the first time, and students will discover new ways to collaborate including the ability to start class discussions and ask questions right from their IPAD. \ »Education is at the core of Apple’s DNA and iTunes U is an incredibly valuable resource for teachers and students,\ » said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. \ »iTunes U features an amazing selection of academic materials for everyone around the world. Now, with the ability to better manage and discuss educational content, learning becomes even more personalized on IPAD.\ » The new in-app updates to iTunes U give teachers full course creation capabilities on IPAD, with the ability to directly add rich content and learning materials from iWork®, iBooks® Author or any of the over 75,000 educational apps available for IPAD. Taking advantage of the built-in camera on IPAD, teachers can also capture photos and videos to incorporate real-world subject matter into any course, making relevant content available to all students in an instant. \ »iTunes U is the most powerful destination for bringing the entire educational experience to life on IPAD,\ » said Fraser Speirs, head of computing and IT at Cedars School of Excellence in Scotland. \ »By freeing teachers to create and organize courses right on IPAD, educators can be better focused on enabling student participation both with the content and one another.\ » Students using IPAD and enrolled in private iTunes U courses will now have everything they need to fully collaborate with their classmates and teachers. With Discussions in the iTunes U app, students can automatically follow classroom discussions and join conversations on new topics, or set up push notifications for when new topics are started or replies are added to active exchanges. Teachers can participate in forums too, and have the ability to moderate discussions by removing any off-topic messages or replies. \ »Discussions in iTunes U puts the potential for thoughtful exploration and collaboration into the hands of every one of our students,\ » said Larry Reiff, a teacher from Roslyn High School in New York. \ »IPAD and iTunes U continue to provide students with the tools they need to build knowledge and demonstrate their learning.\ » iTunes U helps educators create courses including lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and more for millions of iOS users around the world. With over 750,000 individual learning materials available on the iTunes U app, iTunes U is the world’s largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent organizations. Today, thousands of educational institutions are hosting over 7,500 public and thousands of private courses encompassing the arts, sciences, health and medicine, education, business and more. Educators can create iTunes U courses in 69 countries and make their courses and educational content accessible via the iTunes U app in 155 countries. In addition to the thousands of individual iTunes U learning materials found on the iTunes Store®, over 500,000 apps designed specifically for IPAD are now available on the App Store℠. Additionally, with the free iBooks Author app on the Mac App Store℠, nearly 30,000 Multi-Touch™ books have been created by independent teachers and publishers worldwide. Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary IPHONE and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with IPAD.

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Widgets in iOS 8: Explained

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Extensibility is one of the biggest new features in iOS 8 — and OS X Yosemite —because it’s also one of the most important, most enabling new technologies to come to Apple’s mobile platform since the launch of the App Store. With Extensibility, developers can project their app’s interface and functionality into everything from Notification Center and Share Sheets to DocumentPicker, custom keyboards, and other apps. What’s more, they can do so securely, using the phenomenal encryption built right into iOS. The Notification Center part is all about widgets in the Today view. So, how does that work? Days of widgets past The idea of \ »widgets\ » date back to the early days of graphical user interface (GUI) computing. The Xerox Star, Apple’s Lisa and Macintosh, Microsoft’s Windows, and others, were all based on the \ »desktop metaphor\ ». While that included things like files and folders, notebooks and ledgers, it also included tools like calculators and calendars. The pixels may have been chunky, the colors next to nonexistent, and the internet still just a dream, but it was a beginning. With the rise of ubiquitous online connectivity, widgets took on a new roll: dedicated, glance-able information containers. Apple introduced their vision of web-based widgets in OS X Tiger with Dashboard. The original IPHONE was supposed to include a version of OS X-style Dashboard widgets, namely Weather and Stocks. They wouldn’t have looked or acted any differently than any other full-screen IPHONE app, but they would have been built like Dashboard widgets, using Apple’s web technologies instead of native Objective-C. Since the presentation was to be no different, and the limits of WebKit at the time meant performance wasn’t as good as native apps, they were ultimately rewritten in Objective-C anyway. Other platforms, including Nokia (pre-Windows Phone) and Android went ahead with widgets. What’s more, they distinguished them from full-screen apps by making them smaller and letting them live on the home screen, amid the app icons. Power users loved them, but few mainstream customers embrace them. According to HTC, a prominent vendor of Android devices: Widgets aren’t widely used – weather, clock and music are the most used and after that, fewer than 10% of customers use any other widgets. Most of you don’t modify your home screens much. In fact, after the first month of use, approximately 80% of you don’t change your home screens any more. With iOS 5, Apple brought limited widgets — our old friends Weather and Stocks — to the IPHONE and IPAD. Instead of putting them on the home screen, however, Apple put them in the then-brand new Notification Center. For Apple, the iOS home screen was never meant to be a destination but rather a transport. It was never meant for anyone to stop and stare at, but to quickly find and get into apps. When the App Store made apps more abundant, Apple added Spotlight as an ancillary way to help do just that. Notification Center changed things. It could be pulled down from anywhere, including the home screen (and eventually the lock screen), and more importantly, from inside any app. Instead of having to leave what you were doing to go find information, you could pull that information to wherever you were, whenever you wanted, and then go right back to what you were doing with very little cognitive load. It wasn’t perfect, but it was better. iOS 7 split notifications and widgets apart, putting widgets in their own Today view, moving Weather to the Today Summary, and adding support for Calendar, Reminders, predictive location, and the Tomorrow Summary. Yet they were still limited to built-in apps and services. iOS 8 and Extensibility take it even further, allowing App Store apps to offer up their own Today view widgets, easily accessible from anywhere on the IPHONE or IPAD, informational and interactive. How custom widgets work If you’ve used Notification Center’s Today view in iOS 7, you already know how custom widgets are going to work in iOS 8. You just pull down Notification Center from the lock screen (if enabled), home screen, or from within any app, and if you’re not already in the Today view, you simply tap the Today tab at the top. In iOS 8, the built-in widgets provided by Apple include Today Summary, Traffic Conditions, Calendar, Reminders, Stocks, and Tomorrow Summary. What’s new is what’s at the bottom: an Edit button and a notification area that tells you how many new third-party widgets are available to you. Tap the Edit button and you can enable or disable any of the built-in widgets and reorder them any way you like. Tap the New Widget notification and you can add any new, custom widget that has become available. New widgets become available when you install an app from the App Store. If the app includes a widget, the widget notification area will tell you about it. Tap the widget you want added, and it’s added. Once added, you can order App Store widgets just like the built-in widgets, and remove them if and when you decide you no longer want or need them. For example, if you download a sports news network app, it could include a widget that presents you with up-to-date scores of the two most recent games in any league you choose to follow, as well as a headline or two of breaking news. Or, if you download a social networking app, it could include a couple status entries, and maybe a Show More option to see even more entries. A package tracker app’s widget could keep you up-to-date on all your deliveries. Breaking news, latest weather — all of those, and more, could provide glance-able widgets right in the Notification Center Today view. Interactive widgets and limitations Like the new notification system, the new widget system in iOS 8 is interactive. So, not only can the widgets provide you with snippets of information, they can also allow you to perform minor tasks as well. For example, an auction widget can show you the items you’ve last bid on and whether or not you’re currently being outbid, but also allow you to up your bid right there in the widget and retake the lead. A social widget can let you glimpse a few entries in your timeline and Like or Repost right from the widget. What widgets can’t do is invoke the keyboard, which means widgets can’t take text input the way a Messages quick reply notification can. Complex actions are also beyond the scope of widgets. So, for example, you can’t change which stocks are shown in the Stock widget. They simply reflect the stocks shown in the Stocks app. In order to change the widget, you have to change the app. How developers add widgets to apps For developers, widgets in the Today view are remote view controllers. They’re best thought of as independent \ »child\ » apps all their own that present themselves and their data to Notification Center. That gives them a number of advantages, including security (see below). It also means that the container app doesn’t need to be running in order for the widget to be working. Even if a the container app becomes a memory drain and gets jettisoned, someone using the widget at that very moment wouldn’t even notice. It’s that type of seamless user experience Apple is stressing with widgets. Performance is paramount. Since a typical person may have several widgets running at once, and resources are always limited, developers need to keep things simple and streamlined. Whenever someone pulls down Notification Center to access a widget, the data needs to be there, ready and waiting. That means pulling in anything big and new in the background and caching it so that it can persist in the widget for as long as it needs to. For the interface, Notification Center defines the width and a default height, but developers can alter the height as needed. That’s done by defining vertical constraints with Auto layout or by setting it manually in code. Widgets can also expand in size, either because the content itself changes, or as the result of a user action, like tapping a Show More button. Notification Center will handle the size change and, of course, animate it. Developers get to animate their content changes within it. However, Apple encourages developers not to make widgets so long that people will need to scroll to see all of them. There are a number of resources available to aid in all this: WWDC 2014 Creating Extensions for iOS and OS X session, Part 1 Apple (pre-release) Extensibility documentation Widget security The thing about Extensibility and widgets is that Apple claims they provide extra functionality without sacrificing the excellent security model iOS was built on. This is a big part of the reason it took so long for App Store widgets to appear — Apple had to do a tremendous amount of work over the course of several years and several releases to make it all possible. Things like porting Apple’s interprocess communication system, XPC, from OS X to iOS. In iOS, apps are \ »sandboxed\ ». That means they can only access their own data, not the data of any other app or the system. There are some exceptions, but those require the granting of explicit permission. For example to access contacts or photos, or to \ »open in\ » another app, a button tap is required. All of this so that, if anything malicious ever does manage to get in, it’s very, very hard for it to go anywhere else or grab any data from anywhere else. With iOS 8 and Extensibility, Apple keeps an app’s extensions inside the app’s sandbox, but allows iOS, and other apps by way of iOS, to reach out, request interface, information, and functionality. The container app can then project that interface, information, and functionality back to iOS or the host app right back. So, for widgets, Notification Center is the host. The widget communicates only with Notification Center, not with its container app at all. (Which is why container apps don’t have to be running, or can be jettisoned without affecting the widget.) When a widget needs information from its container app, it does so through iOS, and through privately shared data resources. Apple hasn’t detailed the specifics of how all this works yet, but has said it uses similar security to the rest of iOS. Since iOS 7, Apple has done an incredible job with security and cryptograph. I’m willing to bet Extensibility is enjoying something just as well thought out and just as secure. Bottom line What’s most impressive about Extensibility in general and widgets in specific is that Apple has set them up to work the same in both OS X and iOS. That involved a lot more work on their part — shortcuts for one system or the other couldn’t be exploited — but ultimately consistency is a feature, and that discipline has resulted in a more unified, better framework for both developers and customers. It’s taken a long time for custom widgets to arrive on iOS, but there’s every indication Apple has done them in the right way and put them in the right place. Will you be using them? And if so, any particular third-party widgets you’re most looking forward to?

Source: The IPhone Blog

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