Applelinks iOS News Reader - Friday, October 18, 2013

Apple and Samsung Lead in All Smartphone Experience Factors - 2013 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study
New Poll: Apple 'Has Oversold Siri' Say 46% of Americans
WSJ Backpedals On iPhone 5c Supply Chain Cuts Story
Apple's iPhone 5c Pricing Seen As Right Call; Holiday Sales Expected To Pick Up Steam
More Than 40 Percent Of YouTube Traffic Now From Mobile Devices
Apple Fumbles Its Magic Touch With iOS 7
iOS 7 Takes Another Beating In Critique From Design Expert
Mujjo Releases Leather Crochet Touchscreen Gloves
iPhone 5s Complete Guide Ebook Available Today For eBook Readers
Zillow Digs App Available for First Time on iPhone and iPod Touch
Lenovo Announces New Miix2 Windows 8.1 8-inch Tablet


Apple and Samsung Lead in All Smartphone Experience Factors - 2013 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study

Apple and Samsung are the only smartphone brands to achieve overall satisfaction scores that are at or above the study average in all four performance factors, according to the J.D. Power 2013 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction StudySM--Volume 2 released on Thursday.

Key Findings:

- Overall satisfaction with smartphone devices is highest among AT&T customers (843), followed by Sprint (835); T-Mobile (825); and Verizon Wireless (825) customers1.

- Among Apple smartphone owners, satisfaction with their overall experience is highest among Verizon Wireless customers (861). Among Samsung smartphone owners, satisfaction is highest among Sprint customers (853).

- Smartphone models that perform particularly well across all four U.S. wireless Tier 1 carriers[1] include (by OEM in alphabetical order): Apple iPhone 5; Blackberry Z10; Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung Galaxy Note II.

- The primary reasons for purchasing a smartphone device differ by carrier. Sprint customers are more likely to purchase their smartphone device because of phone features, while T-Mobile customers are more likely to select their smartphone due to price.

- Overall customer satisfaction among smartphone owners is 833 on a 1,000-point scale.

"It's very interesting to see that satisfaction performance differs by smartphone brand across Tier 1 carriers," says Kirk Parsons, senior director of telecommunications services at J.D. Power. "This indicates that carrier services and how these carriers position specific features and services on their devices influence the experience customers have with their smartphone device."

The 2013 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study - Volume 2 is based on experiences evaluated by 16,421 smartphone customers who have owned their current smartphone device less than one year and who are customers of the four Tier 1 carriers. The study was fielded between February and August 2013. The study measures customer satisfaction in four factors: performance (33%); physical design (23%); features (22%); and ease of operation (22%).

1 Ranking calculations have changed from previous studies and is now based on Tier 1 carrier customer base instead of by overall OEM smartphone brand.

[1] A Tier 1 carrier includes the four national wireless providers in the U.S. including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.

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New Poll: Apple 'Has Oversold Siri' Say 46% of Americans

According to a poll of over 2000 American consumers by speech technology experts Intelligent Voice, 46% of Americans think that the voice recognition capabilities of Apple's intelligent personal assistant for its iOS applications has been "oversold".

Siri's accuracy is rated as "Hit or Miss" or worse by 44% of respondents, and mere 12.7% rate Siri as "Extremely accurate."

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Siri Background

Originally, Siri was an approved app for iOS sold in the Apple stores. After Apple acquired Siri Incorporated, they restricted the use of this app exclusively for devices on the Apple platform. Apple now supports Siri as an integral part of the iOS system and iPhone 4S was the first device that supported it. Later on, the app became part of the third generation iPad, iPhone5, iPhone 5C, 5S, the fourth generation iPad, the fifth generation iPod Touch and the iPad Mini. Siri integrates with services like OpenTable, TaxiMagic, MovieTickets and Google Maps using the voice recognition technology to simplify their commands on the iOS devices.

"Voice Recognition is an emerging technology that's been emerging for 30 years," says Intelligent Voice CTO Nigel Cannings. "We need to be careful that we sell what is possible, and it seems we're not doing that. 'Star Trek' communication with computers is still a long way off. "With the release of iOS 7, Apple has dropped the 'Beta' tag for Siri, but the need for an Internet connection as well as issues with transcription do leave open to question whether that was a wise idea."

Intelligent Voice™ is part of Chase Information Technology Services Limited, a London-based software firm with over 20 years' experience of delivering mission critical transaction processing systems in the financial services industry, including to several of the world's top 20 insurers. Chase specialises in voice recognition and text analysis systems that allow companies to understand their businesses better. For further information about Intelligent Voice, visit:

WSJ Backpedals On iPhone 5c Supply Chain Cuts Story

Appleinsider's Daniel Eran Dilger reports that after first ignoring advice from Apple's chief executive Tim Cook not to speculate on rumors related to the company's supply chain, the Wall Street Journal has subsequently toned down its alarmist story of iPhone 5c cuts and retailer discounting.

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Apple's iPhone 5c Pricing Seen As Right Call; Holiday Sales Expected To Pick Up Steam

Appeinsider's Neil Hughes reports that according to Wells Fargo Securities analyst Maynard Um, investors should ignore supply chain noise about the iPhone 5c and trust that Apple made the right move in maintaining its margins.

Mr. Um notes that that last year's mid-range smartphone, the iPhone 4S, saw its sales ramp up heading into November and December, as more casual buyers showed interest during the holiday shopping season.

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More Than 40 Percent Of YouTube Traffic Now From Mobile Devices

IDG News Service's Zach Miners reports that YouTube's presence on mobile devices has exploded in the past couple of years, according to Google CEO Larry Page said during the company's quarterly earnings call on Thursday.

Mr. Page noted that in 2011, just six percent of traffic for the Google-owned video service came from mobile devices. The figure is now 41 percent.

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Apple Fumbles Its Magic Touch With iOS 7

USA TODAY's Scott Martin and Alistair Barr report that Apple's iOS 7 launch is fast becoming its most troubled mobile operating system update, causng increasing concern that the company has lost some of its magic touch since co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs passed away in 2011.

Martin and Barr note that since iOS 7's release on Sept. 18, the list of bugs and flaws has grown to include draining batteries, dropping Wi-Fi, spotty Bluetooth connections, and some apps working poorly or slowly, plus the interface is harder to use for some people, and game players have also found faults.

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iOS 7 Takes Another Beating In Critique From Design Expert

BGR's Zach Epstein report that the Nielsen Norman Group recently panned iOS 7 in an extensive user experience review, and now, a new critique from a well-credentialed designer further supports the notion that Apple made some serious missteps in iOS 7, and that it has a lot of work to do if it hopes to clean things up.

Design expert David Yun has now also taken a swipe at iOS 7 n a recent interview with Forbes contributor Paul Glader. Epstien notes that Mr. Yun runs a successful design firm in New York has a masters in graphic design from Yale University and is a professor at Columbia University, where he teaches a graphic design course for graduate architects, so coming from that grounding in the topic of design, his thoughts on iOS 7 are quite interesting. Epstein notes that in a nutshell, Yun thinks Apple made some big mistakes with iOS 7 - not just from a design and usability perspective, but also from a brand perspective.

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Mujjo Releases Leather Crochet Touchscreen Gloves

Regular leather gloves don’t work with touchscreens; these leather gloves do! These leather crochet gloves work flawlessly with almost every touchscreen, enabled by a revolutionary nanotechnology.


The gloves are made out of a well-considered combination of Ethiopian lambskin leather and crocheted Egyptian cotton. The crochet pattern on the top creates a deliberate and powerful contrast with leather on the palm of the gloves while sleek lines and uniform dark tones amplify harmony. Nanotechnology integrated into the leather of the gloves mimics the conductive properties of the human skin; this makes the gloves touchscreen compatible.

A unique blend of contemporary aesthetics and state of the art nanotechnology, these crochet touch gloves will bring you in the mood for the winter and keep you connected during those cold days. Leather Crochet touchscreen gloves are an undeniable essential that are a great addition to any design conscious winter wardrobe.


Understated in uniform dark tones with intentionally contrasting material textures the design creates a noticeable and powerful tension while sleek lines and uniform dark tones amplify harmony. A leather strap crosses a notch on the wrist where a carefully placed sophisticated matte black leather button provides an adjustable snap closure. The matte finishing of the leather contributes to a well-balanced, seductively understated look and amplifies the design that projects an air of confidence in an aura of craftsmanship.

Evolved from traditional practices, the crochet pattern became popular in Europe during the 19th century. The first published crochet patterns appeared in the Dutch fashion magazine Pénélopé in 1824. The Crochet pattern on the top creates a deliberate and powerful contrast with the aesthetically sleek leather on the palm of the gloves while uniform tones amplify harmony.

Domesticated in antiquity, the extra long staple cotton used for the crochet pattern is made from the Gossypium barbadense plant. Expertly woven from high quality fibers, the cotton yarn is smaller in diameter compared to regular cotton yarn, allowing more threads to be woven into a single yarn, creating strong and durable fabric.

Capacitive touchscreens work by sensing the conductive properties of your skin. Revolutionary nanotechnology integrated into the leather of the gloves mimics the conductive properties of the human skin; this makes the gloves touchscreen compatible. The nanotechnology functions independent from the human skin, which enables us to fully insulate the gloves with a layer of cashmere lining. The leather fully retains its characteristics, affording the wearer maximum comfort and dexterity just like any other glove. The gloves are designed from the ground up for the purpose of an unrestricted touchscreen experience.

Competitors' touchscreen gloves are often restricted to functionality in one or two fingertips. In contrast, Mujjo’s touchscreen gloves offer an unrestricted touchscreen experience and enable you to use all your fingertips and even the palm of your hand. No more metal dots or silly patches that offer limited use.


Compatible with almost every touchscreen

Regular leather gloves don’t work with touchscreens; these leather gloves do. You'll be able to answer a call or send a text without taking them off. Mujjo's leather touchscreen gloves work with all capacitive touchscreen devices including - but not limited to - iPhone 5S (and earlier models), Samsung Galaxy or Note, HTC, LG or whatever touchscreen phone you're using. They also work on your iPad.

Finest Ethiopian lambskin
Made from the finest Ethiopian lambskin, known for offering the best insulation properties of any kind of leather. Mujjo’s leather crochet touchscreen gloves do not only provide functionality, but also warmth, durability, and a comfortable fit. The matte finishing of the leather contributes to a minimal yet quintessential urban look.

Cashmere Lining
The entire glove is lined with cashmere from the grasslands of Inner Mongolia. The lightweight cashmere known for its fine texture makes the gloves soft to touch and offers excellent insulation properties. When wearing our gloves, you'll instantly notice the quality of the materials used through the smooth but warm feel, soft tones and intense color.


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iPhone 5s Complete Guide Ebook Available Today For eBook Readers

Bournemouth, United Kingdom based Stopframe Ltd has announced its latest eBook: iPhone 5s Complete Guide. Available today in the Amazon store, this brand new title by the expert team at iOS Guides is packed with in-depth tutorials and high-resolution imagery, revealing everything you need to know about iPhone 5s.


Written by best-selling author T A Rudderham, and brought to you by the expert team at iOS Guides, this eBook is suitable for both beginners and intermediate users alike. You'll learn the very basics such as syncing with iTunes and setting up emails, through to advanced tips such tweaking photos and seeing your frequent locations. Also included are detailed tutorials related to the latest technologies included with iPhone 5s. You'll discover how to film and edit slow motion videos, capture multiple photos using burst mode and how to add and use a fingerprint

Each chapter is color-coded, so you can easily navigate your way from section to section. The book also contains hundreds of images and screenshots to help you learn quicker and more efficiently.

(*) Learn everything you need to know about iPhone 5s
(*) Written for beginners and intermediate users
(*) Packed with hundreds of high-resolution color images

(*) iPhone, iPad, Kindle, eBook reader

Pricing and Availability:
iPhone 5s Complete Guide is priced $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Amazon store.

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Zillow Digs App Available for First Time on iPhone and iPod Touch

Zillow Digs, where homeowners find visual inspiration and understand the real cost of remodeling projects, today announced its popular home remodeling app is available for the first time on iPhone and iPod touch. Earlier this year, Zillow Digs launched on iPad and on the Web (

With Zillow Digs, consumers can browse more than 100,000 photos of kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor spaces and more – organized by space, style, cost and color. Patent-pending Digs Estimates help people understand what it would cost to recreate similar rooms in their area.

Additionally, users can engage and interact with a passionate home design community, and the new app makes it even easier for users to capture, save or share photos of rooms they see and love – for free, right from their phones.

"Since its initial launch in February 2013, Zillow Digs has built a vibrant community of home design enthusiasts and professionals, who voraciously are adding content and photos. Zillow Digs App on iPhone and iPod touch makes it not only easy to be inspired wherever, whenever, but also simple for our users to capture, share and engage on designs they love," says Amy Bohutinsky, Zillow chief marketing officer.

This universal update to the Zillow Digs App takes full advantage of iOS 7, bringing content to the forefront, with wall-to-wall photos and utilization of visual depth to facilitate app navigation.

To date, users have “dug” more than 1 million photos, created more than 160,000 boards of ideas and décor they love and contributed more than 85,000 photos.

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Lenovo Announces New Miix2 Windows 8.1 8-inch Tablet

Lenovo has announced the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch tablet, a Windows 8.1 multi-mode device that packs an Intel quad-core processor and IPS wide-angle, high-definition display into a small tablet form factor. Paired with an optional stylus and detachable cover, the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch joins its popular predecessor, the Lenovo Miix.

Measuring 8.35mm thick and weighing 350mg, the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch tablet delivers a 16:10 widescreen experience that balances visual experience with portability. The 10-point multi-touch WXGA display delivers an 800 x 1280 resolution and its 178-degree viewing angle means no one is left out of the fun.

Equipped with two webcams, one in front (2MP) and one in back (5MP) (1), the tablet is designed for easy video chatting and photo sharing. Pre-loaded with Windows 8.1, the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch brings all the enhancements of Microsoft’s latest operating system, including enhanced searching and sharing; improved Web-surfing with the new IE 11, touch optimization and the return of the popular “Start” button.

Under the hood, Lenovo Miix2 8-inch packs an Intel Bay Trail-T Quad Core processor, based on Intel Atom S architecture and integrated Intel HD Graphics (Gen7) with Clear Video HD technology for smooth video performance. This combination of speed and responsiveness separates the 8-inch tablet from the tablet pack, while making the most of the Windows 8.1 OS. With up to 128GB of eMMC onboard storage (expandable up to 32GB with micro-SD slot) (2) for videos, music and photos, the Miix2 is standout tablet designed for users “on the go.”

The Lenovo Miix2 8” also encourages productivity outside the office. The device comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, allowing users to easily view, edit and manage their documents right out of the box. The tablet also offers the option of a stylus and detachable cover. The cover protects the screen when not in use and doubles as a stand for viewing content on the device. The stylus is a perfect companion for drawing, sketching or taking notes and further enhances productivity.

“Many users want the convenience of a smaller screen tablet, but do not want to lose the performance and convenience of a powerful, quad core Windows 8.1 device. With the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch, users can take advantage of a small, light form factor without sacrificing performance,” says Bai Peng, vice president and general manager, notebook business unit, Lenovo Business Group. “The Lenovo Miix2 8-inch is a great example of how thoughtful design can deliver the best of both worlds.”

The Miix2 8-inch will be available later this month beginning at approximately $299 (3)


1 3G connectivity available in select countries

2 32 and 64GB will be available in the US.

3 Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary.

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