• iOS Keyboard Overdue For An Upgrade
• FileMaker Unveils Free iOS Demo Solutions
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Applelinks iOS News Reader - Thursday, February 21, 2013

Apple iPhone 5 Overtakes Samsung Galaxy S3 to Become World's Best-Selling Smartphone Model in Q4 2012
More Than 1 in 4 Canadians Own A Tablet Computer, Mostly iPads - Report
Google's Project Glass Seeking "Glass Explorers"
iOS Keyboard Overdue For An Upgrade
FileMaker Unveils Free iOS Demo Solutions
FotoFinder Releases handyscope: Mobile Dermatoscope for iPhone 5


Apple iPhone 5 Overtakes Samsung Galaxy S3 to Become World's Best-Selling Smartphone Model in Q4 2012

According to the latest research from StrategyAnalytics' Handset Country Share Tracker (CST) service, Apple's iPhone 5 overtook Samsung's Galaxy S3 to become the worlds best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Strategy Analytics notes in a blog entry, the smartphone model shipping an estimated 27.4 million units worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2012. The iPhone 5 captured an impressive 13 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and has become the world's best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever. A rich touchscreen design, extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous operator subsidies have been among the main factors contributing to the iPhone 5's success. In addition to the iPhone 5, Apple shipped an estimated 17.4 million iPhone 4S units for 8 percent smartphone share globally in Q4 2012.

Apple's iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S are currently the worlds two most popular smartphone models, together accounting for 1 in 5 of all smartphones shipped worldwide in Q4 2012. This was an impressive performance, given the iPhone portfolio's premium pricing. Strategy Analytics estimate that Samsung's Galaxy S3 was the worlds third best-selling smartphone model, shipping 15.4 million units globally, capturing 7 percent share in the fourth quarter of 2012. The Galaxy S3 has long proven popular with consumers and operators across North America, Europe and Asia. However, global demand for the Galaxy S3 appears to have peaked and Samsung will surely be keen to introduce its rumored Galaxy S4 upgrade in the coming weeks to fight back against Apples popular iPhone range.


[1] Numbers are rounded. Updated total. The Samsung Galaxy S3 total does not include the S3 Mini, S2, S or any other related models. The iPhone 5 total does not include the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 or any other related models. The iPhone 4S total does not include the iPhone 5, iPhone 4 or any other related models.

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More Than 1 in 4 Canadians Own A Tablet Computer, Mostly iPads - Report

The Canadian Press's Michael Oliveira reports that according to the Media Technology Monitor, a research product of Canada's CBC public broadcaster, an estimated 26 per cent of the population owned tablet computers as of last fall. Tablet ownership had more than doubled in a year and was up from just five percent in the spring of 2011.

The report notes that almost two-thirds of Canuck-owned tablets are iPads, while hometeam player BlackBerry PlayBook and Google Android representing about 15 percent market share apiece respectively.

Oliveira cites the report finding that iPad owners were the most enthusiastic about their purchase, about 61 percent saying they would definitely recommend their tablet to others, compared to 44 percent forother tablet owners. iPad also were more active users of their devices.

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Google's Project Glass Seeking "Glass Explorers"

Google say they started their wearable computer (glasses) Project Glass "to build technology that’s seamless, beautiful and empowering. To share the world through your eyes. To get answers and updates, instantly. To be there when you need it, and out of your way when you don’t.

Google are inviting a small group of Explorers to help them discover the full potential of Glass, to follow us on their journey, and help them shape the future - 'bold, creative individuals who want to join and be a part of shaping the future of Glass.

To apply using Google+ or Twitter, tell Google what you would do if you had Glass, starting with the hashtag #ifihadglass.

• Your application must be 50 words or less
• You must include #ifihadglass in your application
• You can include up to 5 photos with your application
• You can include a short video (15 secs max)
• Be sure to follow on Google+ (+ProjectGlass) or Twitter (@projectglass) so that they can contact you directly
• You must be at least 18 years old and live in the U.S. to apply

For more details, see our Terms and FAQ:

The deadline for applications is February 27th. If you are chosen, Google will reach out to you with an invitation to become a Glass Explorer via Google+ or Twitter. Explorers will each need to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1500 plus tax and attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

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iOS Keyboard Overdue For An Upgrade

ZNet's Jason O'Grady notes that the iOS keyboard hasn't changed much since the original iPhone debuted in 2007 - and says it drives him nuts, observing that one of the advantages of virtual keyboards is that you can change them on-the-fly in software, but Apple has left that potential largely unexploited.

As of the latest iOS version 6.1.2, Apple only slightly modifies the keyboard in its first-party apps, a particular shortcoming being that iOS keys display upper-case characters whether one is typing in upper-case or lower-case letters, while the Android keyboard has displayed the proper case for as long as O'Grady can remember.

The keyboard also needs a dedicated number row across the top of the iOS keyboard to obviate the hassle of having to switch back and forth between the text and number keyboards when typing passwords and such.

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FileMaker Unveils Free iOS Demo Solutions

FileMaker, Inc. today announced the FileMaker iOS Demo Solutions webpage, where businesses will find free downloadable demos that highlight custom iPad and iPhone solutions created using the FileMaker Platform. The sample solutions reflect a wide range of real-world iOS business uses and have been created by leading independent FileMaker developers.

The demos, which are limited in functionality or time, include solutions for event management, point of sale, invoicing, customer relationship management, sales management, mapping, and more.

The FileMaker Platform has become a hugely popular way for businesses to create custom solutions for the iPad and iPhone, said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president, marketing and services, FileMaker. Companies love the fast development, quick returns, and the ability to integrate their iOS solutions with Macs, PCs, and back-end business systems. Just last month, we announced that our customers have downloaded more than a half-million copies of FileMaker Go for iPad and FileMaker Go for iPhone from the App Store (http://goo.gl/I0zT7). These free demos further demonstrate the many practical, custom solutions that can be created for iOS using FileMaker software.

FileMaker iOS Demo Solutions feature the following free demos:

• FM Starting Point, a complete customer relationship management system to manage accounts, contacts, calendars, estimates, expenses, invoices, projects, products, staff, timesheets and to-do lists. Developer: Richard Carlton Consulting Inc.

• Sales Beaver Lite, an easy-to-use sales and customer management solution designed for outside sales reps and account managers using iPads and the FileMaker Go for iPad app to manage contacts, follow-up tasks and reporting. Developer: Richard Carlton Consulting Inc.

• Common Core on the Go, an easy to use, powerful iPad solution designed to help educators track student progress toward the national Common Core standards. Developer: Practical Solutions For Educators, Inc.

• KiPointPOS, a robust, mobile Point of Sale solution that lets users make sales anytime, anywhere: in stores, at trade shows, and in the field, including processing credit cards and obtaining signatures. Developer: Ki Systems, Inc.

• GoMaps, a unique, custom mapping solution for iPad and iPhone designed for professionals on the go who need to visit multiple locations on a regular basis and need instant access to information related to each location. Developer: SeedCode LLC

• TimeZync, a fast way to log time against projects and tasks in FileMaker. Developer: SeedCode LLC

• Auditor, a simple and intuitive audit/checklist tool for businesses that organizes audit information in one place. Use it to easily organize health and safety checks, home inspections and compliance records on iPad. Developer: CoreSolutions Software Inc.

• Guest List Manager, an essential guest management system for iPad. Check-in guests, get live stats on counts, notify hosts upon VIP arrivals, print name badges and send reminder emails. Developer: Cutting Edge Software Ltd

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FotoFinder Releases handyscope: Mobile Dermatoscope for iPhone 5

FotoFinder, manufacturer of medical imaging solutions, announces the launch of its mobile dermatoscope, handyscope for iPhone 5. handyscope will debut in the United States at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Miami, March 1-5, 2013. This new handyscope model enables doctors to better examine a mole through a new twin-light system and various new features.

The new handyscope for iPhone 5 features a slim design and a unique twin-light mode that combines the advantages of cross-polarized and immersion fluid dermoscopy. A quick tap button provides for toggling between both modes and a LED indicates the chosen light option.


The new model enables doctors to take pictures with or without glass contact with the skin. Two front pieces one with a glass contact plate and one without allow doctors to view elevated lesions and vascular conditions without compression.

handyscope has been helping doctors detect skin cancer since 2010. The new handyscope is still used with the password protected handyscope app. With one tap doctors freeze, save and evaluate an image on-screen, organize and manage images, tag images with patient data and comments, and select the localization using the apps virtual patient diagrams. A new feature exclusive to handyscope for iPhone 5 is a special notch in the case that allows doctors to connect the phone to a monitor so patients can follow an examination, and also charge the phone with handyscope attached.

Pictures can be uploaded from the app into a secure private web space on the FotoFinder Hub, a cloud-like internet platform. Once images are uploaded, doctors can request a second opinion on suspicious moles from international skin cancer experts, who rate the pictures within hours.


The relaunch of handyscope for iPhone 5 is the result of doctors feedback and requirements for modern mobile dermoscopy. Additional functions like the Hub with web storage and second opinion service create a complete and safe storage solution and the perfect surrounding to detect skin cancer earlier. Thats why handyscope is the only device for eDermoscopy, says Andreas Mayer, CEO of FotoFinder Systems, a global manufacturer and vendor of medical imaging systems and provides cutting-edge solutions for image management, archiving and diagnostic support.

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