Applelinks iOS News Reader - Monday, January 28, 2013

Nebulous Notes for iOS Makes Markdown Easy
Happy Birthday iPad: Three Magical and Revolutionary Years
No One Appreciates Apple's iPad
How To Replace Your iPhone 4S Battery For $8
Apple’s Snob Marketing and the iPhone’s Declining Fortunes
Strong Demand for Smartphones and Heated Vendor Competition Characterize the Worldwide Mobile Phone Market at the End of 2012 - IDC
Handy Photo For iOS Offers Easy To Use Professional Photo Editing Tools
New iPad Charging Wall Dock Doubles As A Picture Frame
Goodbye Junk Food! - CraveMate for iPhone App
Strategy Analytics: Global Smartphone Shipments Reach a Record 700 Million Units in 2012
Strategy Analytics: Global Mobile Phone Shipments Reach 1.6 Billion Units in 2012


Nebulous Notes for iOS Makes Markdown Easy

TidBits' Josh Centers says that The app he's found that comes closest to the power and flexibility of OS X BBEdit on the iOS is Nuclear Elements' Nebulous Notes ($4.99), which is compatible with both the iPad and iPhone. Nebulous Notes gives you control over your typeface, text color, and background color.

Incidentally, if you want to try Nebulous Notes without making a cash commitment, a lighter-featured free version is available here:

Another major Nebulous Notes advantage is that it can open documents via Dropbox that don't have .txt filename suffixes.

Featured three times on as one of the best tools for getting things done, Nebulous Notes features include:

(*) Open and edit all plain-text files (.txt, .md, .c, etc.)
(*) Preview files in HTML, MarkDown
(*) Supports saving and opening in all file encodings (useful for international users)
(*) VoiceOver hints
(*) Print documents using AirPrint
(*) Supports TextExpander touch snippet expansion

Features Lacking in Competing Apps

(*) Save in Evernote
(*) Open files from ANY Dropbox folder
(*) Customizable themes
(*) Macro system lets you add frequently used keys to a toolbar (like { } [ ] = %, etc.).
(*) Macro system also has basic text-substitutions for convenient HTML tags
(*) Protect the app with a PIN
(*) Search Dropbox or Search for text with a document
(*) Full-screen support for "Writeroom"-style editing
(*) "Insert Tab" key (multi-line tabbing and un-tabbing supported)
(*) One-click access to Scratch Pad
(*) One-click access to MarkDown preview
(*) Turn off word-wrapping

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Happy Birthday iPad: Three Magical and Revolutionary Years

Tapscape notes that when Steve Jobs said on January 26, 2010 that the iPad is magical and revolutionary, many scoffed. However, three years on the iPad has not only killed off the netbook, but iPad unit sales already exceed any vendor's PC sales, including those of Hewlett-Packard or Dell and Lenovo, is on a trajectory to surpass total PC sales, and causing tectonic shifts in not only personal computing, but also education, media consumption and shopping.

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No One Appreciates Apple's iPad

Motley Fool's Evan Niu notes that investors tend to focus singularly on the iPhone, and for good reason, since the high-margin device remains the dominant player in Apple's business currently. However with Apple share prices down over 35% from all-time highs, largely on fears of saturation within the high-end smartphone market slowing down the iPhone's growth prospects, it's almost as if no one appreciates the iPad anymore.

Niu maintains that as Apple's iPhone business matures and growth decelerates, the iPad still has massive opportunities ahead of it, as the broader tablet market remains nascent.

Still, even if rivals begin to gain traction in market share, which is inevitable considering how much the tablet market is expected to grow over the years, Apple's potential is incredible.

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How To Replace Your iPhone 4S Battery For $8

CNET's Rick Broida says that while Apple may not make it easy to replace an iPhone's battery, but that doesn't mean you can't do it. And cheaply in only about 20 minutes, the procedure working more or less the same with an iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS.

Proceed with caution, and at your own risk, of course.

Broida notes that iPhone replacement batteries, some shipping bundled with mini-tool kits, are available for $8-$10.
He also advises to watch one or more of the how-to video that can be accessed on the Web.

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Apple’s Snob Marketing and the iPhone’s Declining Fortunes

This Day Live's Calixthus Okoruwa says that any company that revolutionizes three mega industries: personal computing, music and mobile telephony, respectively, truly deserves the iconic status in which Apple continues to bask, but observes that there is nothing in Apple's marketing of its iPhone that suggests that Africa or indeed any of the poorer regions of the world (including for example swaths and enclaves of rural North America where broadband Internet access is still unavailable -Ed.) are of any real consequence in the equation.

Okoruwa notes that for instance, more than five years after its global launch, the iPhone cannot be procured officially anywhere in Nigeria or indeed, West Africa, and indeed that Apple does not have a physical presence anywhere in Africa, with its products including the Mac computer and notebooks typically marketed by intermediary dealerships.

By contrast, Okoruwa notes, barely six weeks after Samsung launched its Galaxy SIII smartphone globally, it was officially available in Nigeria, and Samsung has a physical presence in Nigeria coupled with an aggressive sales organization, observing that Samsung's philosophy of inclusiveness in making its smartphones accessible may have driven it not only to make the products readily available and accessible in such markets as Nigeria and other developing countries that Apple would typically snob but also to make the products perhaps more aggressively accessible even in the more developed markets.

He acknowledges that While it's true that Apple's iPhone continues to enjoy a good standing in some developed markets, the meteoric rise of Samsung's Galaxy SIII should give Apple cause for concern and to re-look its selling strategy.

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Strong Demand for Smartphones and Heated Vendor Competition Characterize the Worldwide Mobile Phone Market at the End of 2012 - IDC

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 1.9% year over year in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), as strong holiday smartphone sales raised shipments of these devices to levels nearly equal to those of feature phones. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 482.5 million mobile phones in 4Q12 compared to 473.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year, the global market for mobile phones grew 1.2% on shipments of more than 1.7 billion units.

In the worldwide smartphone market, vendors shipped 219.4 million units in 4Q12, which represents 45.5% of all mobile phone shipments, the highest percentage ever. The 36.4% year-over-year growth was slightly below IDC's forecast of 39.5% for the quarter. On an annual basis, 712.6 million smartphones were shipped globally in 2012, which was 44.1% more than in 2011.

"The high-growth smartphone market, though dominated by Samsung and Apple, still presents ample opportunities for challengers," says Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "Vendors with unique market advantages, such as lower-cost devices, can rapidly gain market share, especially in emerging markets. A good example is Huawei, which overtook LG as a Top 5 vendor in the overall mobile phone market and passed HTC to become a Top 5 smartphone vendor."

"The fact that Huawei and ZTE now find themselves among the Top 5 smartphone vendors marks a significant shift for the global market," comments Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team. "Both companies have grown volumes by focusing on the mass market, but in recent quarters they have turned their attention toward higher-end devices. In addition, both companies have pushed the envelope in terms of industrial design with larger displays and smaller form factors, as well as innovative applications and experiences."

Smartphone Vendor Highlights

Samsung set a new record for the number of smartphones shipped in a single quarter and in a single year. Its broad and deep line-up of Android smartphones, particularly the Galaxy-branded Android family, combined with sustained demand for its mid-range and entry-level models to account for the remarkable shipment volumes. 2013 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for the company as its Tizen smartphone strategy takes shape. Samsung will continue to rely on Android as its primary operating system, however, as the move to Tizen will not likely take place overnight.

Apple's record iPhone shipments in the quarter were driven by successes in Greater China, where shipments more than doubled, as well as the U.S., where 6.2 million iPhones were activated on Verizon alone. Interestingly, the company's success was due in large part to older models, in particular the iPhone 4, which Apple couldn't make enough of in the quarter relative to demand. Its sales success with the older model could portend success in higher-growth emerging markets where the company has performed well.

Huawei suddenly finds itself among the top three smartphone vendors in the world, a first for the company. The company had previously been a Top 10 vendor. To reach this milestone, Huawei has courted both the mass market with its simple and inexpensive smartphones and the high-end of the market with its Ascend-branded product line. Along the way, the company has demonstrated its innovative skills, having released the world's thinnest (6.68 mm) smartphone last year, the Ascend P1, and this year it announced the upcoming Ascend Mate, the first smartphone with a 6.1-inch display. At the same time, Huawei has brought its own software innovations, including Magic Touch, Guiding Wizard, Smart Reading, and Floating Windows.

Sony's strategy for becoming the worldwide leader in mobile entertainment combined with its growing portfolio of high-end smartphones drove its smartphone volumes higher throughout the year. This marks a significant improvement since Sony acquired Ericsson's stake in 2011 in the Sony Ericsson joint venture. Sony introduced its Xperia TL last quarter and recently announced the addition of the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL, to be launched in 1Q13.

ZTE maintained its spot among the Top 5 smartphone vendors globally thanks to continued international diversification efforts last quarter. The vendor also shipped more smartphones than feature phones for the first time. ZTE has grown its smartphone sales of late thanks primarily to an uptick in lower-cost smartphone sales in many emerging markets. The company has traditionally relied on sales of phones to China, where the company is based. Notable progress has been made in developed markets too


Note: Data are preliminary and subject to change. Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.



Note: Data are preliminary and subject to change. Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.


Note: Data are preliminary and subject to change. Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.

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Handy Photo For iOS Offers Easy To Use Professional Photo Editing Tools

Dresden, Germany based ADVA Soft has announced the upcoming release of Handy Photo 1.0, an innovative photo editor for iOS, packed with a complete set of easy to use tools for performing cropping, uncropping, retouching, lossless straightening, intellectual objects extraction and moving, framing, and more. Handy Photo 1.0 is expected to hit the App Store at the end of January 2013, bringing with it a whole host of professional grade editing tools, setting a new standard in mobile photo editing.


Handy Photo 1.0 main features:
(*) Move Me technology for intellectual objects extraction and moving
(*) Magic Crop tool with unique photo "un-cropping" function
(*) The best retouching technology for mobile platforms
(*) Impressive collection of professional photo filters
(*) Complete sets of high quality textures and frames
(*) 100% size image viewing
(*) Up to 25 MP images support
(*) Optimized for multi-core and GPU processors
(*) RAW format support
(*) Stylish UI

The app is of wide functionality, so the users will be able to edit their photos from different angles - from arranging objects as wanted to adding frames and textures to them.

The improved versions of innovative uncropping and horizon straightening (without losing in image size) techniques, presented in ADVA Soft's AntiCrop app earlier, are implemented in Handy Photo 1.0 either.

The Retouch and Clone Stamp tools, found in ADVA Soft's TouchRetouch app, are even more functional in Handy Photo 1.0, offering the users the possibilities to utilize the Loupe for more accurate retouching and two types of the Clone Stamp for more comfortable cloning.

Users will also be able to adjust auto levels, brightness, contrast, warmth, shadows, highlights, saturation, and sharpness in their photos with a full set of color correction tools and apply various effects to them with more than 20 filters, including Black and White, Bleach Bypass, Tilt-Shift, Duotone, Fog, Glow, and more.

The innovative Move Me tool will enable the users to freely move the objects within the photo borders or from photo to photo, additionally rotating, duplicating them, or determining their saturation and opacity before transporting them to a needed location.

With seven groups of textures (Wood, Paper, Grunge, etc.), the users will easily influence their photos atmosphere. Each group contains some certain number of textures. After selecting any of them, the user will be allowed to make some settings to it, namely to select a mode of the texture application, to perform flipping or rotating, to determine the color of the texture before overlaying it onto the image, and more.


Being simple to use, the app will allow the users of different photo editing skills to operate a huge number of the innovative tools with ease.

Handy Photo 1.0 will be available worldwide exclusively through the Apple App Store for a discounted price of 1.99 USD.

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New iPad Charging Wall Dock Doubles As A Picture Frame

The new iPad on wall dock station from Channel Vision transforms an iPad in to a wireless on-wall touch screen perfect for home automation, security and audio control applications. The docking station allows the iPad to be displayed horizontally or vertically and it can be docked and removed easily for portable use. When mounted in the dock the iPad can be kept charged so it's always ready for use, and when the iPad is removed, the wall dock doubles as a photo frame.


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Price: CDN$199.99

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Goodbye Junk Food! - CraveMate for iPhone App

The CraveMate for iPhone app has been designed to help people take control and conquer unhealthy food cravings that if left unchecked, can lead to unhealthy weight gain, obesity and poor health.

CraveMate addresses both the automatic nature of unhealthy food cravings coming from the primitive, food-craving center of the brain as well as the impact of our living environment on food choices and eating habits.


The app is designed to help you end hardwired junk food cravings and unhealthy eating habits. Easy to use, CraveMate provides default Crave Goals, represented by mountains, and the name of the junk food (Ice Cream, Candy, Chips, etc.) you want to eliminate from your diet and life.

From the Home page you can customize your Crave Goals (changing the name to a food you crave) as well as your Goal Descriptions, defining how you will accomplish your Crave Goal. For example, if Ice Cream is your Crave Goal, your description might read Limit eating ice cream to once a week. Repeat this step for each Crave Goal you choose to edit or add.


Capture and share your achievements in a crave-pictures, video, text, email, Tweet or Facebook posts, and show the world how good you look and feel while you're conquering your cravings.

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Strategy Analytics: Global Smartphone Shipments Reach a Record 700 Million Units in 2012

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 43 percent annually to reach a record 700 million units in 2012. Samsung was the star performer, capturing 30 percent marketshare worldwide and extending its lead over Apple and Nokia.

Neil Shah, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, says: "Global smartphone shipments grew 38 percent annually from 157.0 million units in Q4 2011 to 217.0 million in Q4 2012. Global smartphone shipments for the full year reached a record 700.1 million units in 2012, increasing robustly from 490.5 million units in 2011. Global shipment growth slowed from 64 percent in 2011 to 43 percent in 2012 as penetration of smartphones began to mature in developed regions such as North America and Western Europe."

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, comments: "Samsung shipped a record 213.0 million smartphones worldwide and captured 30 percent marketshare in 2012. This was the largest number of units ever shipped by a smartphone vendor in a single year, beating Nokia's previous all-time record when it shipped 100.1 million units during 2010. Despite tough competition in stores and courtrooms, Samsung continued to deliver numerous hit models, from the high-end Galaxy Note2 phablet to the mass-market Galaxy Y. Apple grew a healthy 46 percent annually and shipped 135.8 million smartphones worldwide for 19 percent marketshare in 2012, broadly flat from the 19 percent level recorded in 2011. Apple had a strong year in developed regions like North America, but this was offset partly by its limited presence in high-growth emerging markets such as Africa."

Linda Sui, Analyst at Strategy Analytics, adds: "Samsung and Apple together accounted for half of all smartphones shipped worldwide in 2012. Large marketing budgets, extensive distribution channels and attractive product portfolios have enabled Samsung and Apple to tighten their grip on the smartphone industry. The growth of Samsung and Apple has continued to impact Nokia. Nokia retained its position as the worlds third largest smartphone vendor for full-year 2012, but its global marketshare has dropped sharply from 16 percent to five percent during the past year. Nokia's Windows Phone portfolio has improved significantly in recent months, with new models like the Lumia 920, but we believe the vendor still lacks a true hero model in its range that can be considered an Apple iPhone or Samsung S3 killer."


1 Numbers are rounded.

The full report, Global Smartphone Shipments Reach a Record 700 Million Units in 2012, is published by the Strategy Analytics Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service, details of which can be found here:

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Strategy Analytics: Global Mobile Phone Shipments Reach 1.6 Billion Units in 2012

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global mobile phone shipments grew a modest 2 percent annually to reach 1.6 billion units in 2012. Samsung was the star performer, accounting for 1 in 4 of all mobile phones shipped worldwide last year.

Neil Shah, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, says: "Ongoing macroeconomic challenges in mature markets like North America and Western Europe, tighter operator upgrade policies, and shifting consumer tastes were among the key reasons why global mobile phone shipments grew just 2 percent annually to reach 1.6 billion units in 2012. Fuelled by robust demand for its popular Galaxy models, Samsung was the star performer, shipping a record 396.5 million mobile phones worldwide and capturing 25 percent marketshare to solidify its first-place lead. However, Samsung's total volumes for the year fell just short of the 400-million threshold."

Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, comments: "Nokia's global mobile phone shipments fell 20 percent from 417.1 million units in 2011 to 335.6 million in 2012. Nokia faced tough competition from Samsung in developing markets like China, while Apple and others ramped up the pressure in developed regions such as Western Europe. Nokia's dual-SIM feature phones, Asha touchphones and Lumia handsets have been performing well, but this was not enough to offset a slump in demand for the companys aging Symbian smartphone platform last year."

Linda Sui, Analyst at Strategy Analytics, adds: "Apple shipped a record 135.8 million mobile phones worldwide in 2012. Apple delivered 46 percent annual growth last year, which was bolstered by solid demand in North America and Asia. Apple's launch of the iPhone 5 in Q4 2012 was a success as volumes ramped up in dozens of countries worldwide, but negative media coverage of the models new integrated maps service and supply chain challenges cast a slight shadow over the launch."

Other findings from the research include that ZTE captured 5 percent share of the global mobile phone market in 2012, as its shipments fell minus 8 percent from 2011, partly because of heightened competition in core markets like China and Western Europe from rivals such as Coolpad and Samsung.


1 Numbers are rounded. Total in the data-table does not include grey phone shipments.

The full report, Global Handset Shipments Grow 2 Percent in 2012, is published by the Strategy Analytics Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, details of which can be found here:

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