• A Google OS Would Struggle To Compete With Windows For 1-2 Years, Say Taiwan Notebook ODMs And Vendors
• Touch Screens And Greasy Hands: All You Need Is Glove
• USB Fever Waterproof Protective Case Shell for Apple iPad mini
• Perdrix Apps Releases New E-Book Reader App for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch
• Wine Aromas - New MultiTouch iBook for iPad
• Samsung Introduces the Galaxy S 4 Phablet
• Samsung Announces the Availability of Exynos 5 Octa for New Generation of Mobile Devices" />

Applelinks iOS News Reader - 18 March, 2013

"Why iPhone?" Elucidated
A Google OS Would Struggle To Compete With Windows For 1-2 Years, Say Taiwan Notebook ODMs And Vendors
Touch Screens And Greasy Hands: All You Need Is Glove
USB Fever Waterproof Protective Case Shell for Apple iPad mini
Perdrix Apps Releases New E-Book Reader App for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch
Wine Aromas - New MultiTouch iBook for iPad
Samsung Introduces the Galaxy S 4 Phablet
Samsung Announces the Availability of Exynos 5 Octa for New Generation of Mobile Devices


"Why iPhone?" Elucidated

No doubt feeling hot Galaxy S 4 breath on its neck, Apple has posted a detailed argument in support of the iPhone 5 entitled "Why iPhone?"

Apple notes that in eight straight studies by J.D. Power and Associates - every study since the first iPhone was introduced iPhone has ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Consumer Smartphones, highest in the study, which reviewed the following categories: performance, physical design, features, and ease of operation.

It also extolls the iPhone's engineering and design, noting that every detail and every material - particularly the sleek aluminum enclosure - has been meticulously considered and refined. "And it's made with a level of precision you'd expect from a finely crafted watch, not a smartphone. As a result, iPhone feels substantial in your hand and perfect in your pocket."

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A Google OS Would Struggle To Compete With Windows For 1-2 Years, Say Taiwan Notebook ODMs And Vendors

Digitimes' Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai report that while Google is likely to integrate Chrome OS with Android, such a Google OS would struggle to compete with Windows in the global notebook market at least for one to two years, according to Taiwan-based notebook ODMs and vendors.

Chen and Tsai note that compatibility and consumer usage habits are the major obstacles that the Chrome OS would need to break through to attract demand, observing that while both Google and Acer have claimed that Chromebooks are seeing better-than-expected acceptance, total sales of less than 500,000 units show that the devices still need a lot improvement, according to their sources.

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Touch Screens And Greasy Hands: All You Need Is Glove

The Register's Alastair Dabbs says he's surrounded by shiny glass and plastic rectangles between the hours of 6pm and 6am - a mix of iOS and Android tablets: two 10-inch, one 8-inch and a 7-inch and his smartphone. All shiny greasy rectangles. "Are my hands really that greasy?" Dabbs asks. "They must be, judging by the state of these iPad and Kindle Fire screens after ten minutes in my mitts."

Dabbs says last November, HLW bought him a pair of woolly gloves with capacitive fingertips so that he could operate my phone outdoors in the cold. Contrary to his expectations, they work so well he's considered wearing them in the office, but doesn't because he cant stand having to explain why he's wearing gloves indoors to everyone who walks past his desk. So in addition to all the shiny rectangles, Dabbs's overnight desk is adorned with two large lens cloths and a bottle of screen-cleaner spray, but laments that the viscosity of his finger-grease is such that the cloths are not that much use: and that what he probably needs is an ice scraper.

He's been experimenting with a variety of capacitive pens and some capacitive styli, and has provisionally settled on Wacom's pricey Bamboo Stylus Duo, with the screen cleaner now only required once a day, but says a capacitive stylus is really "a nonsense tool," since the whole point of capacitive touchscreens is to support multiple simultaneous touches, enabling such actions as rotate, pinch and zoom, while with a stylus you regress to point-and-click.

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USB Fever Waterproof Protective Case Shell for Apple iPad mini

This product is designed to provide the iPad mini with good protectivity and waterproof efficacy. The tablet can be directly manipulated after installation. Flexible silicone as the operator interface lets it become touch responsive and durable. The case allows you to unrestricted use the iPad mini in rain and snow or other similar circumstances.


This product is suitable for the IP67 degree of protection that can be isolated from dirt, dust, dust storms, and withstand dirt impurities and construction dust. It isolates the iPad mini from snow, ice and water. The case makes the tablet secure for taking with you snowboarding, rafting or in other wet environments - even in the bathroom or bathtub.


General Features:
- Great for camping, boating, fishing, tubing, swimming, bathing or any other water sports
- Comes with a strap for more convenience to carry
- Perfect match Apple iPad mini
- Allows you to use it under rain, snow, and other damp environment
- Comply with IP67 waterproof standard, provide 3m underwater waterproof
- Silicone membrane offer excellent touch screen operation
- Record every moment under the water, video or pictures
- Answer phone call or surf online even in the water

This accessory is compatible with:
- iPad Mini


Colors Available:
- Black
- White
- Dark Blue
- Purple
- Light Blue
- Green
- Yellow
- Pink

- All brand names and trademarks are properties of their respective holders and are referred to here for descriptive purpose only.
- Not suitable for long time snorkeling
- After using in the sea, wash the case by clean running water with soap. Do not expose it under direct sunshine.
- Test before using, DO NOT use if there is ANY damage on the case.

- Waterproof level: IP67
- Product dimensions: 22.6 x 16 x 1.5cm, net weight: 253g
- Package dimensions: 27.5 x 17.7 x 2.5cm, weight: 402g

Standard / Safety Approvals:
- Waterproof level: IP67


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Perdrix Apps Releases New E-Book Reader App for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch

Perdrix Apps has introduced Perdrix TXT 1.0, their first app released exclusively for iOS devices. - iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Perdrix TXT is a plain text e-book reader offering an experience close to the real book. In Perdrix TXT, the readers can turn pages in a realistic fashion, use the intuitive "book edgeways" indicator to see where they are or skip to a different place, and use a personalized bookmark like a real one.


"There's always a feel of where the current page is in a book", says developer Claude Labelle. "On the iPad in landscape (2-page) mode, the reader can tell if the bookmark is before or after the current page".

Perdrix TXT offers the spatial context found in real books, with the search, dictionary and copy tools of e-books. "The pages only have text and a page number. Readers can touch a page without fear of buttons popping up. Even the search feature is in its own screen, so it doesn't interfere with the book itself." said Labelle.

Device Requirements:
(*) iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPhone 5, (3/4/5 Gen) iPod touch and iPad
(*) Requires iOS 5.0 or later
(*) Optimized for iPhone 5
(*) 5.3 MB

Perdrix TXT 1.0 is now available for $1.99 in the U.S. and is priced accordingly in other regions. Perdrix TXT is available world-wide from Apple's App Store in the Books category. Promo codes are available for app reviews.

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Wine Aromas - New MultiTouch iBook for iPad

Kopf Digital Publishing has introduced "Wine Aromas," its new multi touch book for iPad. From fruity, citrus to barrique, Wine Aromas is an interactive, animated iBook on how to smell and talk about wine aromas. If you have always looked for a nice "wine book" that is not boring, then this book is just the right thing for you. With 37 pages full of lovingly illustrated images and animations, you will certainly quickly realize why smelling the wine really matters.


Chapter 1: Aroma Variety:
1.1 How to Smell Wine
1.2 Overview of Wine Aromas

Learn about the wine aromas, how to smell them and talk about them. From fruity, citrus to barrique. The book has a picture overview of aromas, from fruity and floral to barrique.


Chapter 2: Wines and Their Aromas:
2.1 Chardonnay
2.2 Riesling
2.3 Gewuertztraminer
2.4 Cabernet Sauvignon
2.5 Merlot
2.6 Pinot Noir

Try your knowledge with real wines. Our animated examples should encourage you to sense the aromas

Chapter 3: Epilogue
3.1 Exercises

Test you knowledge through reviews. Guess if the aroma can be of a white wine or not, or find out what kind of wine a sommelier is referring to:

Is it a red wine or a white wine? "... with marmelade-like sour cherry aromas, cassis and juniper. Its distinctive ripe tannins make it supple with a simultaneous bite."

Device Requirements:
(*) iBooks 3.0 or later on an iPad
(*) iOS 5.1 or later is required
(*) Print Length: 37 Pages

Wine Aromas is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Apple iBookStore in the Entertainment category. Promo Codes are available upon request.

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Samsung Introduces the Galaxy S 4 Phablet

Samsung Electronics has announced the fourth generation Galaxy S, the 5-inch Galaxy S 4 phablet/smartphone featuring a larger screen size and battery, minimized bezel, and housed in a light (130g) and slim (7.9mm) shape. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is slimmer yet claimed to be stronger, with less to hold yet more to see. At launch, two color options will be available - Black Mist and White Frost, with a variety of additional color options to follow later this year.


"With the Galaxy S 4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live," says J.K. Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. "All the innovative features of Galaxy S 4 were developed based on the insights and needs we found from our consumers all around the world. Following the successful Galaxy S series, this phone is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation. At Samsung well never stop pursuing innovation conceived by people, so we can inspire them in return."

The Galaxy S 4 has the world's first Full HD Super AMOLED display. Its 5-inch large screen has 441 ppi pixel density and also utilizes Cornings new Gorilla Glass 3, making it a durable travel companion.

Equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera, the Galaxy S 4 also boasts a Dual Camera function that allows simultaneous use of both front and rear cameras. When capturing moments, users can choose from a variety of frame effects which blend the two pictures naturally and also adjust the size of the small picture inside the big one. Users can select 8 different ways to combine the two photos taken by the front camera and the rear camera. At the same time, the Dual Video Call function enables you to make and receive a video call with friends and family while showing what you are looking at during the call.

The camera functionality extends beyond Dual Camera, as the device is also equipped with 12 shooting modes including Drama Shot, which allows you to see all the action in one continuous time-lapse, and Sound & Shot, which uniquely stores sound and voice together as the picture is taken so those special moments are captured in the truest form imaginable, exactly as they happened.

These moments can also now automatically be stored in a photo album, with the new Story Album function. Photos taken by the Galaxy S 4 are automatically gathered and sorted out according to your timeline, geo-tagging information, or a specific event to create a photo album. These unique story albums can be ordered and delivered as an offline photo album through a new partnership with Blurb.(*)

With its Group Play function, Samsung Galaxy S 4 users can enjoy music, photos, documents and games with those around them without requiring a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal. This innovative feature enables users to connect directly with others to share, play and co-create content and entertainment instantly. Its Share Music option allows users to have the same song playing on multiple phones in sync to create the best party atmosphere.

The Galaxy S 4 enhances the international travel experience with its S Translator feature which provides instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email, text message and ChatON. This instant translation is possible both from speech to text and text to speech and ensures that you can rely on the correct information whilst abroad.

The Galaxy S 4 supports HSPA+42 Mbps and 4G LTE which means wherever you are in the world, you can rely on perfect connectivity. Especially, the LTE version supports up to 6 different band sets which allows it to function in most LTE coverage areas as well as enabling global LTE roaming. Furthermore, TDD/FDD LTE Dual Mode version will be introduced later this year.

Samsung's Smart Pause enables you to control the screen by where you look. When you are watching a video, the video pauses when you look away then it starts right up again when you are back. Samsung Smart Scroll allows you to scroll the browser or emails up and down without touching the screen. It recognizes your face looking at the screen and movement of your wrist and then scrolls the pages up or down accordingly.

Air View allows users to hover with their fingers to preview the content of an email, S Planner, image gallery or video without having to open it. You can even see a magnified view on the internet browser, or a phone number saved in the speed dial on the keypad. With Air Gesture, you can change the music track, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with a wave of your hand.


With S Voice Drive you can activate commands via voice control for optimization when driving. Once connected with a car Bluetooth, the phone automatically turns into driving mode converting text to speech so you can easily and safely check messages with no need to look at the screen.

Samsung Optical Reader automatically recognizes text, a business card or QR code information, and providing useful functions such as translation, call, text message and search.

At home, using Samsung WatchON, the Galaxy S 4 will transform into an IR remote to control your home entertainment system including TV, set-top box, DVD player and even air conditioner. In addition, you can enjoy various content including live TV, cable TV and VOD based on the rich information provided by EPG (Electronic Program Guide).

The Galaxy S 4 can keep you up-to-date with health and well-being information using the new S Health software. The combination of sensors built into the device systematically and automatically monitors your health, surroundings and so much more to help improve your quality of life. Also, users can easily check their health conditions using food diary, exercise diary and sleep monitor to stay fit and healthy. (Certain functions are enabled by specific accessories.)

Samsung Adapt Display provides an optimal viewing experience, customized for each type of application, and Samsung Adapt Sound offers an optimal level and type of sound, personalized for each user, to make the most out of life.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be available from Q2 globally including US, partnering with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, as well as US Cellular and Cricket. In Europe, Samsung Galaxy S 4 is partnering with global mobile operators such as Deutsche Telecom, EE, H3G, Orange, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Telefonica, and Vodafone.


(*) Android, Google, Android Beam, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads are trademarks of Google Inc.

(*) Samsung Galaxy S 4 uses Cornings new Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance. This cover glass, Cornings newest formulation, enables improved damage and scratch resistance and reduced scratch visibility.

(*) Blurb, the global creative publishing platform, partners with Samsung to power worldwide book and magazine print production and fulfillment within the Galaxy S 4s new Story Album application. Users of Story Album will now be able to automatically create professional quality print photo books and magazines quickly and seamlessly from their camera phone images.

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Samsung Announces the Availability of Exynos 5 Octa for New Generation of Mobile Devices

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has announced that its new Exynos 5 Octa application processor is scheduled for mass-production in the second quarter of 2013. The Exynos 5 Octa features an unprecedented eight-core ARM big.LITTLE architecture based on the Cortex-A15 CPU, technology built for efficient handling of multitasking abilities for high-end mobile devices today. The Android operating system, unlike Apple's iOS, supports multitasking.

"High processing performance based on multi-cores has become an essential factor for advanced mobile devices, and what users expect more is how long and seamlessly they can enjoy smart mobile computing experiences," says Taehoon Kim, vice president of marketing, System LSI Business, Device Solutions Division, Samsung Electronics. "With the new mobile platform driven by the Exynos 5 Octa processor, which heralds and fulfills such expectations, consumers will be able to experience a new level of mobile computing in a few months."

As highlighted at CES 2013, the Exynos 5 Octa is the worlds first mobile application processor to implement the new concept of processing architecture, big.LITTLE, based on the Cortex-A15 CPU to offer optimal core use. By housing a total of eight cores to draw from four powerful Cortex-A15 cores for processing-intense tasks along with Cortex-A7 quad cores for lighter workloadsthe Exynos 5 Octa enables mobile devices to achieve maximum performance. This approach offers up to 70 percent energy saving when performing various tasks, compared to using Cortex-A15cores only.

The newest Exynos processor will be manufactured using Samsungs latest 28-nanometer (nm) HKMG (High-k Metal Gate) low power process and power-saving design, which increases the power efficiency of the processor by minimizing the static current leakage.

The Samsung Exynos 5 Octa enhances the powerful 3D graphics processing capabilities by more than two-times over the Exynos 4 Quad.

With todays advanced display technology transitioning toward ever higher and sharper resolutions, the Exynos 5 Octa is powerful enough to drive WQXGA (2560x1600) display, the best crystal-clear resolution currently available for mobile devices, enabling users to enjoy crisper video images on their premium smartphones and tablets.

By adopting e-MMC (embedded multimedia card) 5.0 and USB 3.0 interface for the first time in the industry, the new Exynos application processor boasts fast data transfer speed, a feature that is increasingly required to support advanced processing power on mobile devices so that users can fully experience upgraded mobile computing such as faster booting, web browsing and 3D game loading.

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa incorporates a full HD 60fps (frame per second) video hardware codec engine for 1080p video recording and play-back, an embedded 13 mega-pixel 30fps image signal processor interface for high-quality camera functionality, and 12.8GB/s memory bandwidth interface that enables Full HD Wifi display.

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