Applelinks iOS News Reader - 28 March, 2013

Implications of Increased 7-Inch Tablet Popularity Good For PC Sales
More To Tablet Productivity Than Hyper-Portability
T-Mobile Exposes Apple's iPhone as the King
Gmail Email App For iOS Updated To Version 2.1
Apple expected to release Ultra HD TV
scriptus - Quick And Easy Text And Audio Note Taking With Dropbox Sync
Car Photos Quiz 1.0 For iOS - A Must For Car Lovers


Implications of Increased 7-Inch Tablet Popularity Good For PC Sales

Writing for TechPinions, Patrick Moorhead, ranked the #1 technology industry analyst by Apollo Research in October, 2012, President and Principal Analyst of Moor Insights & Strategy, comments on a recent DisplaySearch analysis entitled, "Smaller Tablet PCs to Take Over in 2013?", which notes a volume decrease of 9.7-10" displays and the increase of 7.X" displays in January of 2013.

Moorhead observes that given the popularity of the iPad mini, Kindle Fe HD, Nexus 7 and sundry "white tablets," and if we are indeed in a volume shift from larger displays to smaller display tablets, there are two key implications which he thinks are very important because they impact the entire tech ecosystem.

The first implication of 7" tablet popularity is the creation of a new ecosystem, says Moorhead, stating his belief that companies with subsidized business models will be the most likely OEM winners in 7" tablets, ie: Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Other winners will be OEMs with strong consumer brands or huge marketing budgets like Apple and Samsung.

The second implication of the increased popularity of 7" tablets as defined by Moorhead has nothing to do with tablets at all, but with personal computers. He notes that 10" tablets, more than 7" tablets, have the ability to augment or replace certain PC usage models. He says he used an iPad for years as his primary (% time spent) productivity device, but would never ever finalize a document on the iPad. (Editor's note: dotto for my usage unless the finalization is pretty rudimentary. Ed.) He observes that typing on a tablet entails some very uncomfortable typing where half the display is covered by the on-screen keyboard, but 7-inch tablets are greatfor reading and deleting emails, watching videos, reading e-books, and browsing simple web sites, from which obseration he deduces that users with 7-inch tablets have an even greater need for a modern notebook as their anchor computing device more than those with 10-inch tablets, which should be healthy for PC sales, and he expecvts the popularity of 7-inch tablets will make notebooks look more attractive and give a boost to sales of MacBooks and Windows notebooks.

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More To Tablet Productivity Than Hyper-Portability

ZNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes notes that in the course of a few years, tablets have shifted from being a niche device into a mainstream product for enterprise and consumers alike, and helped boost productivity in a number of key work areas. "But what is it about tablets that makes them such colossal productivity boosters?" he asks rhetorically.

Kingsley-Hughes cites Forrester Research analyst J.P. Gownder's contention that it's the "hyper-portability" of these devices that boosts user productivity, with 62 percent of respondents in a survey of IT decision-makers who support tablets today or plan to support them soon citing a 'more portable form factor than the traditional laptop' ahead of end user preferences, ease of use considerations, and other possible answers.

Kingsley-Hughes personbally cites another aspect to tablets that help them to boost owner productivity, namely how low-drag they are to use, explaikned as meaning that tablets have certain attributes that make them far better-suited to certain tasks than any other device currently available such as:
• Fast start-up
• Ease of use
• Apps are more focused
• Dive in, dive out ľ Fast on/off
• Focus on triage

Kingsley-Hughes says these factors represent a massive productivity both for individuals who get more done in less time, and feel they are wasting less time by being able to be productive in places that they couldn't be with notebooks, changing the way we work, and that we're just beginning to tap into what this remarkable device has to offer.

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T-Mobile Exposes Apple's iPhone as the King

T-GAAP's E. Werner Reschke says everyone can pretend the iPhone isn't #1, but the carriers know differently. Without the iPhone, carriers struggle to keep subscribers on their networks.T-Mobile shows how the iPhone is still King and must be in the line up or the subscriber trend line continues south. T-Mobile has announced new calling and data plans specifically customized for the iPhone. While this is big news that T-Mobile will finally be selling the iPhone, what's more revealing is why they are selling the iPhone.

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Gmail Email App For iOS Updated To Version 2.1

The official Gmail app for iPhone or iPad has been newly redesigned with real-time notifications, multiple account support and search across your entire inbox. With the Gmail app, you can:

  • Switch between up to 5 accounts

  • Get notified of new mail fast, with notification center, badge and lock screen options

  • Search through all your mail quickly - now with predictions as you type

  • See profile pictures as part of the conversation

  • Read your mail with threaded conversations

  • Auto-complete contact names as you type from your Google contacts or your phone

  • Respond to Google Calendar invites right from the app

  • Read and respond to interactive Google+ posts right from the app

  • Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting and reporting spam

  • Send and receive attachments

  • Customize emails with custom scribbles

New in Version 2.1:

  • Swipe left or right to move between messages without returning to the inbox

  • Take action on multiple messages more quickly: Selecting a message in the inbox now enables edit mode. Once in edit mode, tap on messages to select them and then choose to archive, delete, or more, from the new actions bar. You may select Cancel at any time to leave edit mode.

  • Performance improvements and bug fixes

System Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

  • Requires iOS 5.0 or later

  • This app is optimized for iPhone 5


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Apple expected to release Ultra HD TV

Digitimes' Julian Ho and Alex Wolfgram say Apple is reportedly continuing to develop a TV rumored to be called the iTV, which is likely to support Ultra HD (3840 by 2160) along with voice and motion control functions and Internet connectivity, according to industry supply chain sources.

Ho and Wolfgram's sources say Apple and Foxconn Electronics have been in discussions for quite some time in terms of the TV's mass production schedule, but that Apple has been considering where panel supply for the TV will come from, as Ultra HD TV panel makers, most of whom are based in Taiwan, are expected to be producing at nearly full capacity in 2013 in order to meet demand from China-based TV vendors.

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scriptus - Quick And Easy Text And Audio Note Taking With Dropbox Sync

Paulo Freitas's scriptus is a powerful and attractive notepad app that lets you write quick and beautiful text notes, plus audio notes and featuring;

  • Simple interface and easy to use;

  • Several themes with different background and text color;

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  • Choose between all available iOS fonts to display your notes;

  • Extra shortcut keys in keyboard for easy text input, as well as buttons to create enumerations;

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  • Emoji support;

  • Saves audio even with the application in background;

  • Autosave feature: no need to save your notes;

  • Control the screen brightness without leaving the application;

  • Undo/Redo system;

  • Increase/Decrease the text using your fingers (pinch gesture);

  • Two fingers to select text;

  • Multiple ways to export your notes ( print , copy , email, text, TXT, PDF, facebook, twitter, Weibo, 'open in', Wi-Fi,iTunes);

  • Copy your notes to your computer via iTunes;

  • Supports all orientations;

  • Share notes over a local Wi-Fi HTTP server;

  • Sync notes with Dropbox;

  • 22 beautiful themes;

  • New design and interface;

  • E xternal keyboard support;

  • Word and character count;


New in Version 2.1

  • Spanish

  • Minor enhancements


System requirements:
Compatible with iPad
Requires iOS 5.1 or later.

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Car Photos Quiz 1.0 For iOS - A Must For Car Lovers

Madrid based 4Fig Applications has introduced Car Photos Quiz 1.0, a car recognition game that will challenge you to identify 350 cars of all types. Learn to recognize the most common compact cars, sports cars, classic cars, sedan cars, and four-wheel drive cars.


Enjoy and compete with your friends using the Game Center Leaderboards and Achievements. You can also get help from your Facebook and Twitter friends. The goal is simple. You have to guess the names of the most famous cars. You are presented with a photo of the car and have to select the correct name.


(*) GameCenter Leaderboards and Achievements
(*) Facebook and Twitter integration
(*) Casual game, easy to use
(*) Polished design
(*) Retina and iPhone 5 Support
(*) Universal iOS App


Supported Languages:
(*) US English, French, and Spanish

Device Requirements iOS
(*) iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad1, iPad2, iPad3, iPad4, iPad mini, iPod touch
(*) Requires iOS 4.3 or newer
(*) Universal Application
(*) 26.4 MB

Car Photos Quiz 1.0 is free and available worldwide through the Apple App Store in the Games/Trivia category section.

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