Applelinks iOS News Reader - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Robert Scoble Switches To Android
Analyst: Why Apple's iOS is a Winner
Dropbox Scaling Back User Help Support For Free Service Users
Preview The 5-Inch iPhone Experience With Printable Papercraft Model
Apple's iOS 6.1.2 Update Doesn't Fix The Passcode-Bypass Hack Threat
AUO Increases Yields For iPad mini Panel Production; Begins Developing Panel Technology For Next-Generation iPad mini
Acer Expects Strong Year In Tablet And Smartphone Sales - Laptops Not So Much
Customize Cases With Otterbox Build Your Own Program For Apple & Android
Audio Bibles New Mobile Audiobook App For The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
DIY Map GPS 1.01 Released For iPhone and iPad

Robert Scoble Switches To Android

Recently, Apple's erstwhile official "Chief Evangelist" Guy Kawasaki announced that he has switched to Android mobile devices, and no longer uses any Apple products at all, commenting "real men use Android" which he thinks now offers a better solution than Apple's iOS.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been quoted musing that Apple has in some respects fallen behind the compatition with the iPhone and iOS.

Now ReadWrite's Dan Lyons reports that social media personality Robert Scoble also says he's migrating from Apple to Android, writing in a Google+ post on Monday that: "I'm no longer an Apple fanboy. I'm getting ready to leave the Apple platform and switch to Android."

Lyons cites Scoble explaining that he's switching because "Apple lately HAS slipped in my eyes and there are lots of examples how (Google Now, Waze maps, and tons of apps that are here already and coming on the Android platform, like SwiftKey keyboards),"although he still believes "most apps are smoother and have fewer problems on iOS."

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Analyst: Why Apple's iOS is a Winner

Wall Street Cheat Sheet's Aabha Rathee notes that in a report released last week, research firm Gartner said Google's Android was strengthening its hold on the smartphone operating system market, growing to a 70 percent share in the last quarter of 2012 from 87.8 percent in the same quarter of 2011, while Apple's iOS, declined slightly from 23.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 to take a 21 percent share of the market.

However, Rathee points out the while the numbers showed an overpowering Android dominance, Apples iOS still has a lot of things in its favor, according to Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt, whi wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday that Apple continues to hold several advantages against Android when it came to services and content related to the software.

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Dropbox Scaling Back User Help Support For Free Service Users

In a rare negative comment about Dropbox, Foliovision's Alec says if you're a user of Dropbox's free basic Cloud storage and synch service and need live support, you may be out of luck, and will likely receive the following response from Dropbox Help:

Thank you for your support request. Recently, we have been receiving a high volume of support requests and haven't been able to get back to you within a reasonable amount of time.

The volume of inquiries we receive on a daily basis prevents us from responding to all requests. Although requests from Pro and Teams users will be given priority assistance, we will do our best to get back to other inquiries when possible. If you are not a Pro or Teams user and you're looking to resolve your issue before we can respond, you may want to check out:

If you need to restore a large number of files and are unable to do so, please visit the following instructions to help us speed up the restoration for you:

If you are still experiencing problems, please reply to this message. We will try our best to get back to you, however we cannot guarantee a response. We're very sorry for the inconvenience.

The Dropbox Support Team

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Preview The 5-Inch iPhone Experience With Printable Papercraft Model

MacRumors' Eric Slivka notes that there have been a growing number of reports that Apple is working on a larger form factor iPhone, with the predominant theory being that Apple will simply scale up the existing 4-inch iPhone 5 screen to nearly 5 inches, which would result in a display with the same 1136x640 resolution of the iPhone 5 but with a lower pixel density. The pixel density would drop from 326 pixels per inch (ppi) to 264 ppi, which conveniently matches up with the screen density of the full-sized iPad, although that begs the question of whether they could still call it a Retina display.

Anyway, in order to provide a sense of how a 5-inch iPhone would feel in the hand and to show how the physically larger interface would appear, MacRumors commissioned CiccareseDesign to create a papercraft mockup of a device based primarily on the design of the iPhone 5 but with the larger (almost) 5-inch display. By downloading and constructing the model, readers can see how a 5-inch iPhone would fit in their hands and get a feel for the size of the icons and other interface elements at the larger size.

THey's also included a separate printable PDF (100% scale) of screenshots from several different apps at the larger size to help users gauge usability at that size.

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Apple's iOS 6.1.2 Update Doesn't Fix The Passcode-Bypass Hack Threat

The Register's Rik Myslewski notes that Apple released iOS 6.1.2 on Tuesday, an update that it says will fix the battery-draining Exchange bug, which he saya it may very well do, but that the update does not fix the hack that allows you to bypass an iPhone's passcode, launch the Phone app, and access all of its contacts, phone-history information, and the like.

The iOS 6.1.2 update is now available for any iDevice that can run iOS 6.X - the iPhone 3GS and later, the iPad 2 and later (including the iPad mini), and the fourth-generation iPod touch and later.

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AUO Increases Yields For iPad mini Panel Production; Begins Developing Panel Technology For Next-Generation iPad mini

Digitimes' Rebecca Kuo and Alex Wolfgram report that AU Optronics (AUO) has reportedly reached one million in panel shipments for the iPad mini after months of efforts to increase yields, according to industry sources.

Kuo and Wolfgram note that due to AUO's yield issues throughout the second half of 2012, cumulative shipments of the iPad mini were less than Apple's originally estimated 10 million units. However, their sources tell them AUO has solidified higher yields as of the first quarter in 2013, which will help keep the iPad mini in supply as well as most likely push up AUO's tablet panel shipments on year in 2013, and is reportedly also working on panels for Apple's next-generation iPad mini.

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Acer Expects Strong Year In Tablet And Smartphone Sales - Laptops Not So Much

Digitimes' Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report that Acer will focus on pushing its tablet, notebook and smartphone shipments in 2013 and is aiming to ship more than five million tablets in the year, according to company president Jim Wong.

In tablets, Lee and Tsai say Acer will release new devices covering the entry-level, mid-range and high-end price segments, with 15-20% to be 7-inch tablets, plus new quad-core processor-based 8-inch and 10-inch tablets.

They report that Acer expects its notebook shipments to grow slightly on year, but will no longer pursue volume in the laptop category, and expects its smartphone shipments to reach two million units in 2013, up significantly from 500,000 units in 2012.

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Customize Cases With Otterbox Build Your Own Program For Apple & Android

OtterBox fans can create the ultimate customized Defender Series case for the Apple iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S III. Choose from 35 combinations of Defender Series polycarbonate and silicone on


The Defender Series provides superior protection with a unique multi-layered construction:

• A built-in screen protector guards against scuffs, scrapes and smudges while still maintaining touchscreen sensitivity
• Two-piece polycarbonate shell snaps together to form a snug fit
• Outer silicone slipcover wraps around the inner shell to create a solid defense against mishaps such as bumps, drops and shocks
• Holster style belt-clip accommodates the device in any direction; face the touchscreen outward for quick access or face it inward for ultimate protection
• More choices for more customers,

Choose from 35 combinations of Defender Series polycarbonate and silicone for the iPhone 4/4S, 72 for the iPhone 5 and 42 for the Galaxy S III.

(*)Available for a limited time

For more information on the OtterBox Defender Series Build Your Own program, visit:

Additional Information for the OtterBox Defender Series:

Environmental Protection:
• Drop and shock protection against drop, bump and shock
• Water protection not tested or recommended for water protection
• Dust intrusion dust does not enter in a sufficient quantity to interfere with satisfactory operation of equipment

Dimensions (case only):
• iPhone 4/4S: 4.88 in (124.12 mm) x 2.71 in (68.91 mm) x 0.66 in (6.76 mm)
• iPhone 5: 5.32 in (135.12 mm) x 2.75 in (69.90 mm) x 0.64 in (16.18 mm)
• Galaxy S III: 5.88 in (148.84 mm) x 3.47 in (88.14 mm) x 1.41 in (35.81 mm)

Approximate Weight (case only):
• iPhone 4/4S: 1.83 oz (52.06 g)
• iPhone 5: 4.00 oz (114.00 g)
• Galaxy S III: 4.64 oz (131.54 g)

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Audio Bibles New Mobile Audiobook App For The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Whether reading the Bible for the first time, or re-discovering a verse or passage, Audio Bibles is the perfect aid for the whole family. The app features 10 free downloadable versions of the Bible, including recordings of the classic King James and American Standard versions, a complete World English version, as well as a children's edition.


Audio Bibles, created by Portland, Oregon based app developer Inkstone Mobile, also features a stylish user interface, complete with bookmarking capability to highlight and save important passages. With each bookmark, the user can also take notes, making the app a great resource for those studying the Bible in groups or on their own time.


Users of Audio Bibles will also enjoy:
• Access to downloaded books of the Bible anytime, anywhere - no network connection needed.
• Easy search functions. Browse by version and testament.
• Advanced playback features modify the speed of the recording from .5X to 2.5X without altering pitch.
• Bookmark passages and leave notes to return to
• Set scheduled sleep timers and notifications.


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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DIY Map GPS 1.01 Released For iPhone and iPad

Builtsoft developer, Leo McDuff, has released DIY Map GPS app for iPhone and iPad mobile devices. The application is designed with a full-featured GPS system. This app gives users their current location by map matching their current GPS location with the map.


DIY Map GPS app could be useful to all world travelers. When Internet connection is not available on remote areas like on mountains, DIY Map GPS app could use offline maps. This provides information of main points and could be used to track previous trails. iPhone and iPad users could make use of this application anytime and anywhere they are as it designed for their convenience when they are traveling to places where they are not very much familiar of. For creating offline maps, they could refer to "How to create offline maps" over the internet.


DIY Map GPS is optimized for iPod, iPhone 4/5, iPad and iPad mini. It offers free download of 3,788 City Maps worldwide and free download of millions of points of interests. The app could be used with offline atlases that are created by Mobile Atlas Creator (Mac and PC) and use in offline and no data roam. Its useful features include weather, sunrise/sunset, flash and moonrise/moonset.

(*) Optimized for iPhone4/5, iPad, iPad mini, iPod
(*) Free download of 3,788 City Maps worldwide
(*) Free download of Millions of Points of Interest
(*) Use offline atlases created by Mobile Atlas Creator(PC&Mac)
(*) Create DIY Map through scanned map image(PNG, JPEG)
(*) Full-featured GPS system
(*) Use in Offline and No Data Roam
(*) Useful features(Weather, Sunrise/Sunset, Moonrise/Moonset, Flash)


iPad and iPhone could be a great traveler companion that serves well with the right application installed in it such as the DIY Map GPS app. This application could give travelers detailed maps and step-by-step directions to new destinations based on their current location. Generally, the product is highly beneficial with its advanced features specifically designed to be user-friendly to most travelers who carry portable devices with them.

Device Requirements:
(*) iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3/4/5 gen) and iPad
(*) Requires iOS 5.1 or later
(*) 47.9 MB

DIY Map GPS 1.01 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category.


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